TWO RIVER THEATER CONTINUES ITS SEASON WITH A THREE-ACTOR, 90-MINUTE VERSION OF THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
February 3, 2017
ADAPTED AND DIRECTED BY ERIC TUCKER; THE COMPANY INCLUDES NICOLE LEWIS, JASON O’CONNELL AND ZUZANNA SZADKOWSKI
Saturday, February 25 - Sunday, March 26, 2017
Opening: Friday, March 3, 2017 at 8pm
The Merry Wives of Windsor
This production of The Merry Wives of Windsor will explore the darker undercurrent of one of Shakespeare’s silliest comedies. In the play, the lecherous buffoon John Falstaff (perhaps Shakespeare’s greatest comic character) decides to seduce both Mistress Page and Mistress Ford, respectable married women of Windsor. When the two women immediately see through Falstaff’s plot, they decide to turn the tables on him and devise a plot of their own—for hilarious revenge.
Adaptor and director Eric Tucker was named the Wall Street Journal’s Director of the Year in 2014. He is the Artistic Director of Bedlam Theatre, where his credits include Sense & Sensibility, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Saint Joan, and Hamlet.
Says Artistic Director John Dias, “Eric Tucker’s work as a director is imaginative and inventive; he distills the theatricality of Shakespeare’s plays into intimate, small-scale productions that capture the fullness of the text. He wrestles with the plays—and, at the same time, is deeply respectful of them. He makes Shakespeare’s language joyously accessible to audiences. And our three marvelous actors—Nicole Lewis, Jason O’Connell, and Zuzanna Szadkowski—bring an extraordinary combination of physical comedy and fresh, performative use of language to their work.”
Nicole Lewis has appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair and as Joanne in Rent, among other productions in New York and around the country; her TV credits include The Blacklist and Mozart in the Jungle.
Jason O’Connell concocted the idea to perform The Merry Wives of Windsor with only three actors alongside a fellow actor, Dan Matisa. He recently enjoyed a long run in Bedlam’s acclaimed production of Sense & Sensibility; he also won accolades for his performance as both Bottom and Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Pearl Theatre, a co-production with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, where he has performed for eight seasons.
Zuzanna Szadkowski played Dorota in the CW’s hit drama series Gossip Girl and can be seen as Nurse Pell on the Cinemax series from Steven Soderbergh, The Knick. Her theater credits include The Comedy of Errors as part of the Public Theater’s Mobile Shakespeare Unit and Nora and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss and What I Wore.
The creative team for The Merry Wives of Windsor includes scenic designer Lee Savage, costume designer Jessica Pabst, lighting designer Eric Southern, and sound designer Karin Graybash. The casting is by Heidi Griffiths & Kate Murray, and the production stage manager is Brett Anders.
Ticket prices for The Merry Wives of Windsor range from $50 to $70, with discounts available for groups, seniors, and U.S. military personnel, their families, and veterans. A limited number of $20 tickets are available for every performance; $20 tickets may be partial view. Tickets for patrons under 30 are $20 and include the best available seats at every performance. Tickets are available from tworivertheater.org or 732.345.1400.
Saturday, February 25 at 8pm
Sunday, February 26 at 3pm
Wednesday, March 1 at 1 pm and 7pm
Thursday, March 2 at 8pm
Friday, March 3 at 8pm (Opening Night)
Saturday, March 4 at 3pm and 8pm
Sunday, March 5 at 3pm
Wednesday, March 8 at 1pm and 7pm
Thursday, March 9 at 10am (student matinee) and 8pm
Friday, March 10 at 8pm
Saturday, March 11 at 3pm and 8pm
Sunday, March 12 at 3pm
Wednesday, March 15 at 1pm and 7pm
Thursday, March 16 at 10am (student matinee) and 8pm
Friday, March 17 at 8pm
Saturday, March 18 at 3pm and 8pm
Sunday, March 19 at 3pm
Wednesday, March 22 at 1pm and 7pm
Thursday, March 23 at 10am (student matinee) and 8pm
Friday, March 24 at 8pm
Saturday, March 25 at 3pm and 8pm
Sunday, March 26 at 3pm
Before Play and Lobby Display
Audiences will learn about Shakespeare and The Merry Wives of Windsor in Two River’s Before Play lecture series, which takes place 45 minutes prior to every performance, and Lobby Display.
Discussions with members of the cast and a member of Two River Theater’s Artistic staff will take place following the performances on Wednesday, March 15 at 7pm; Sunday, March 19 at 3pm; and Wednesday, March 22 at 1pm.
Working with Google, Two River has created and launched a virtual tour of its facility, which lives on Google Maps and tworivertheater.org. This virtual tour provides an additional level of support and benefit for patrons who use wheelchairs or require other assistance by allowing them to virtually come through the theater’s front doors and view the space in detail in advance of their visit.
An audio-described performance is scheduled for Wednesday, March 22 at 1pm, and an open-captioned performance is scheduled for Saturday, March 25 at 3pm. Tickets are available at a discounted rate of $25 for patrons using these services. To reserve wheelchair-accessible seating or tickets to a performance listed above, patrons should call 732.345.1400 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Merry Wives of Windsor and A Little Shakespeare: The Merry Wives of Windsor are supported by Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
Two River Theater is supported in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Roy Cockrum Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Monmouth University, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Riverview Medical Center, The Stone Foundation of New Jersey, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Shakespeare in American Communities, National Endowment for the Arts, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Investors Bank, Springpoint Senior Living Foundation at the Atrium at Navesink Harbor, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Jorgensen Foundation, Wells Fargo, William T. Morris Foundation, and many other generous foundations, corporations and individuals.
Two River Theater’s education programs are supported by The Stone Foundation of New Jersey, Shakespeare in American Communities, The Jorgensen Foundation, Investors Foundation, The Community Foundation of New Jersey, OceanFirst, and Gannett Foundation, and are made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.