NOTRE DAME – The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival will present an abridged version of Shakespeare’s comedy “The Merry Wives of Windsor” as its 2014 Young Company traveling outdoor production.
Students from the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College, Northwestern and other universities from around the country make up the cast and crew.
The group will perform at the following four venues:
• Mishawaka’s Battell Park, Sunday, 7 p.m.
• Elkhart's Wellfield Botanic Gardens, Aug. 9, 7 p.m.
• South Bend's Art Beat, Aug. 16, 4 p.m.
• Notre Dame's Main Quad (in front of the Golden Dome), Aug. 25, 7 p.m.
Award-winning director West Hyler has updated “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” moving the setting from Elizabethan England to the modern-day Midwest.
In West’s adaptation, Falstaff, Shakespeare's funniest character, is uprooted from Chicago and arrives in a small Midwestern town where he attempts to woo a couple of suburban wives in order to gain access to their husbands’ bank accounts.
West said, “The world we’re creating is full of larger-than-life characters, like high-strung pharmacists, Applebee's waiters full of flair, angsty teenagers in love, and an overweight Chicago mobster who gets duped, dumbfounded, and exposed by quick-thinking, fast-acting suburban soccer moms.”
It’s a comedy not to be missed, according to the press release provided by Notre Dame.
The 90-minute performance is free of charge, so bring your picnic blanket, lawn chairs, family and friends to enjoy a summer evening with the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival.