Shakespeare at Winedale

Shakespeare at Winedale's 48th Summer Season

Fri, June 1, 2018
Shakespeare at Winedale's 48th Summer Season
2018 Summer Season

Shakespeare at Winedale’s 2018 Summer Class takes the stage this July with performances of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, Julius Caesar, All’s Well That Ends Well, and Arden of Faversham. The season will open on Thursday, July 19th, and run through Sunday, August 12th. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30pm, with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $10 for general admission or $5 for students, as well as UT faculty and staff. Patrons can purchase tickets through the Shakespeare at Winedale website or by calling (512) 471-4726.

“We have a great season lined up, with some wonderful plays that people haven’t had a chance to see for several years,” says Professor James Loehlin, the program’s director.  “Love’s Labour’s Lost is a brilliant comedy.  Julius Caesar is a very timely political tragedy.  All’s Well That Ends Well is one of Shakespeare’s most unusual and surprising romantic comedies—with the heroine pursuing the hero.  And we are very proud to be performing the Winedale debut of Arden of Faversham, a play that has only recently been added to the Shakespearean canon.”

The following descriptions give a sense of each of the four plays.

Love’s Labour’s Lost: Self-denial is fashionable in the Kingdom of Navarre, when the young King persuades three of his courtiers to swear off all pleasures in favor of serious study. But soon after, the Princess of France and her ladies arrive on diplomatic—and romantic—business. The young courtiers prove prospective lovers, with the help of several local heart-led rustics (including a Spanish knight and a country clown).  Every kind of sport ensues, from rhetorical combat to mistaken identities. One of Shakespeare's wittiest and most charming comedies, Love’s Labour's Losthas long been a Winedale favorite.                               

Julius Caesar: A new day has dawned in Rome. Caesar has emerged victorious from civil war, and Rome is ready to pronounce him supreme ruler. Brutus, a loyal protector of the Roman republic, and Cassius, an ambitious and conspiratorial Senator, face a stark choice: let Caesar rule or restore the Rome they loved. Julius Caesar probes the divisions between celebrity and statesman, public and private, free will and fate. In the surging tides of a disordered nation, the line between patriot and anarchist is drawn in shifting sand. 

All’s Well That Ends Well:  The orphaned Helena falls in love with the handsome Bertram—the son of her adoptive mother—and sets in motion a tale of determined love overcoming all obstacles. When Bertram is sent to the court of France, Helena begins a journey of cunning, danger, and disguise to try to win his love. Bertram runs off to war along with the deceitful scoundrel, Parolles, but Helena continues her pursuit, determined to outwit her hesitant husband. All’s Well That Ends Well overturns romantic and moral conventions in a sophisticated comedy of love and war.

Arden of Faversham: By Shakespeare and unknown collaborators, this true crime story ripped from pages of Holinshed’s Chronicle features seduction, betrayal, and greed.  The wealthy land developer Thomas Arden is vexed by the looming suspicion that his wife, Alice, has been unfaithful. Little does he know this is the least of his problems, as Alice and her lover, Mosby, plot to have Arden murdered.  Unfortunately for all concerned, the killers they hire for the deed are spectacularly—and hilariously—bad at their job.

Thursday, July 26th, is Fayette County Night; tickets for Fayette County residents are only $4 for that evening’s performance of Love’s Labour’s Lost, and door prizes will be raffled off for free at the end of the performance. Our celebratory season finale and reception starts at 6:30pm on Saturday, August 11th, with tickets for $25, which includes the reception and the evening performance of All’s Well That Ends Well.

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