Merry Wives of Windsor
The main plot centers around the exploits of Sir John Falstaff. Falstaff is a popular bully and womanizer. Finding himself short on funds, he decides to make love to two rich women (Mistress Ford and Mistress Page) in hopes they will provide him with cash. To this end, he sends each an identical love letter. However, unbeknownst to Falstaff, the two women are best friends and also virtuous. They decide to teach him a lesson by employing Mistress Quickly, an equal-opportunity mercenary, as a go-between to lure him to the Ford house with the promise of a tryst, and there they play a trick on him - twice.
Mistress Ford’s husband is a very jealous man and learns of Falstaff’s plan from two of his “discarded” women, Nym and Pistol. In order to test his wife’s faithfulness, he disguises himself and introduces himself to Falstaff as “Brook,” another ardent suitor of his wife. Brook (Ford) promises to pay a large sum of money to Falstaff if he successfully seduces Mistress Ford (his wife). Her ruined reputation will then enable Brook (Ford) to blackmail her into having an affair of his own.
After the two wives foil Falstaff twice in his seduction attempts, they reveal all to their husbands; and the two couples, along with the help of the vicar, Sir Hugh Evans, hatch a plot to play one last joke on Falstaff to publicly shame him and cure him of his lecherous behavior once and for all.
There is also a subplot woven through this play that revolves around Mistress Anne, the well-dowered daughter of the Pages. George Page, Sir Hugh, and Mistress Shallow want her to marry Master Slender, a slow thinking, rich young man. Her mother wants her to marry Dr. Caius, a wealthy, volatile Texas physician. But Anne loves Master Fenton, a titled young man who has squandered his inheritance and lived wildly, but now truly loves her. This subplot is comically resolved during the hoax staged at Herne’s Oak in Windsor Wood.
Sir John Falstaff - David Easton
Master George Page - Vincent Chow
Mistress Shallow - Haley Mailender
Sir Hugh Evans - Ben Halsted
Master Abraham Slender - Harry Powers
Nym -Sarah Lowe
Pistol - Ellie Donnelly
Mistress Anne Page - Zoe Elliot
Mistress Ford - Kelsey Jobalia
Mistress Page - Rachel Notestine
Simple - Aiden Holubeck
Host of the Garter Inn - Carly Shepherd
Robin - Aria Schottelkotte
Mistress Quickly - Quinn Stiefbold
John Rugby - Elliot Heldman
Dr. Caius - Alex Easton
Master Ford - Sam Haward
Mistress Ford’s Maids - Annie Elliot, Caroline Zackerman
Master Fenton - Jacob Berry
Ensemble: Shelby Anderson, Suzanne Barnes, Tori Brown, Brandt Bunger, Katie Lewis, Kaitlyn Palermo, Casey Peeno, Cecelia Rathbone
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