The Shakespeare at Winedale Spring Class will give two performances at the Winedale Theatre Barn, on April 29 and 30 at 7 p.m. These performances of "The Merry Wives of Windsor" will be the culmination of a semester of coursework focusing on Shakespeare in performance. Tickets are $10, $5 for UT ID-holders, and are available through the Shakespeare at Winedale website.
"The Merry Wives of Windsor" follows the raucous antics of Sir John Falstaff, Shakespeare's beloved fat knight, as he attempts to woo the housewives of Windsor. But he gets more than he bargains for when he matches wits with Mistresses Page and Ford. Along with the rest of the citizens of the surburban Windsor, these clever ladies prove "Wives may be merry, and yet honest too."
Shakespeare at Winedale is part of the University of Texas English Department that invites students from all disciplines to learn about Shakespeare through the intensive experience of performing his works. Since 1970, hundreds of students have taken the stage in the Winedale Theater Barn, using all their intelligence, creativity,and passion to bring these plays to life. The spring class is a course on the University campus, where students spend class periods studying plays, exploring their challenges and working creatively to perform scenes together. The course also includes three weekends at the Winedale Historical Center, where students are surrounded by the beauty of the Texas countryside and immersed in Shakespearean language.