'MERRY WIVES' and QUIXOTE to Run in Rep This Summer at Shakespeare Dallas
"Better three hours too soon than a minute too late," as patrons get ready for the kick-off of Shakespeare in the Park with Shakespeare Dallas' production of Merry Wives of Windsor, along with a work adapted from Cervantes, running in rotating repertory.
The 2017 summer season will begin with Shakespeare's classic comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor, directed by Shakespeare Dallas' Executive and Artistic Director, Raphael Parry. The second production premiers Quixote, based on Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, and adapted by playwright Octavio Solis. This will be directed by guest director Gustavo Tambascio from Madrid, Spain.
"We love giving our fans who have supported us for decades something new and exciting every season," said Parry. "2017 marks an exciting year for us, as we present a Shakespeare comedy classic and also expand our programming to include an adaption of one of the greatest works from the early 1600s. This partnership with Mr. Solis and Tambascio will also help us forge some key partnerships from within the Metroplex as well."
Following includes more information about the 2017 summer season:
The Merry Wives of Windsor
Opening Week: June 14-17 (Previews June 14-15), Performances continue June 28 - July 21-Wednesdays through Fridays
Directed by Shakespeare Dallas's very own Raphael Parry, this is the story of the disreputable Sir John Falstaff and his pursuit of two housewives, Mistress Ford and Mistress Page who outwit and humiliate him. Meanwhile, three suitors seek the hand of Anne Page, Mistress Page's daughter.
Opening Week: June 21-25 (Previews June 21-22), Performance continue June 27 - July 22-Saturdays, Sundays, and Tuesdays
Adapted by nationally recognized playwright Octavio Solis and directed by Spanish director Gustavo Tambascio, this performance will celebrate the shared legacy anniversary of William Shakespeare and Spanish writer, Miguel de Cervantes. The performance will be part of an effort to reach North Texas' Spanish speaking community, with 30 percent of the performance spoken in Spanish. Set in present day West Texas, this Spanish classic receives a Texas makeover designed to celebrate our rich cultural landscape. Programming will also include a children's outreach program, a community playmaking workshop, adult education and more through key Spanish-and Latino-based partner organizations in the community.
Performances of Merry Wives of Windsor and Quixote will begin at 8:15 p.m. at the Samuell Grand Amphitheater, 1500 Tenison Parkway, Dallas 75223, Tickets are $10 on Thursdays and Sundays and $15 on Fridays and Saturdays. Students and seniors pay reduced rates, and military personnel and their families are free. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are pay-as-you-can evenings. Tickets may be purchased at the gate or online. Additional information is available at www.shakespearedallas.org or 214-559-2778.
Inspired by the egalitarian nature of the New York Shakespeare Festival, Robert "Bob" Glenn started The Shakespeare Festival of Dallas in 1971 as a free summer Shakespeare Festival. Operating as Shakespeare Dallas, the company serves the community as one of North Texas' most treasured cultural institutions and the area's only producer of an education program focused on teaching Shakespeare. Using Shakespeare's works as a cornerstone, Shakespeare Dallas serves the Southwest region with fun and accessible indoor and outdoor theatre, integrated school programs, and cultural enrichment for people of all ages and backgrounds. For more information, visit www.shakespearedallas.org.