“The readiness is all…”
Hamlet is arguably the greatest play ever written. Unexpected funny, Hamlet grapples with the core questions of our lives while remaining sharp, witty, direct and relevant to a modern audience. Hamlet asks what it is to be human – what it means to live, to love, to see beauty, to suffer loss, to revenge, to mourn, to exist, …to be.
“I have pursued her as love hath pursued me.”
The Merry Wives of Windsor is a bawdy, hysterical take on fidelity, centering around one of the great comic characters of all time, Sir John Falstaff, mentor and friend to the young Prince Hal of Henry IV and Henry V. But even Falstaff, master of wit and of tavern pranks is no match for the title characters in this story of cuckoldry and deception, where the Wives exact their revenge on their “men being men.”
“Consistency is all I ask. Immortality is all I seek.”
As he did in Shakespeare in Love, Tom Stoppard uses dazzling language in a Shakespeare inspired story that asks, “what if?” What if we are minor characters in our own story? What if we are trapped in a play we can’t alter? The result is a profoundly funny, deeply moving portrait of modern life as seen by two characters who disappear from Hamlet in a single line: “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead.”
“For to be wise and love exceeds man’s might.”
Love meets consequences: comical, satirical, heroic, tragic, Troilus & Cressida resists easy classification, a minefield of brutal ironies, betrayed loyalties and shattered ideals. Compelling and exasperating, humorous and heartbreaking, it stands apart as Shakespeare’s ultimate dissection of human nature at war with itself.
Technical Interns and Apprentice Actors build the sets, sew the costumes, hand the lights, understudy the professional company productions and even set up the tent on the green. See these talented young professionals from across the country in their own production in the Dorothy Magnus Black Box Theater.
|Will’s Opening Weekend – The opening of Shakespeare plays and a series of related celebratory events. Click here for details.|
|Carlyle Brown presents Therapy and Resistance, The Frozen River Film Festival presents Darwin: The Series, Shakespeare Symposiums, Dr. Peter Saccio, and the Annual Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest Reception. More information.|
|Our fourth annual noisy and entertaining event staged by the GRSF Company as a benefit for GRSF on the last Tuesday of the Festival. Click here for details.|
|Shakespeare Illustrations by Rockwell Kent:
Ralf Nemec Collection
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
June 25 – August 3, 2014 | Read more
Image: “Hamlet” by Rockwell Kent