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The Tempest

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Bonnie J. Monte
May 28 - June 22

In the Bard’s farewell masterpiece, the storm that rages within Shakespeare’s alter-ego Prospero is as tempestuous as that which he conjures to wrack his enemies. The exiled Duke turned powerful magician will be portrayed by Sherman Howard, who Ms. Monte calls “a force of nature himself.” Passionate, visceral, fierce and magical — the play contains some of the world’s most glorious poetry.

"We are such stuff as dreams are made on…"

 

The Devil's Disciple

By George Bernard Shaw
Directed by Paul Mullins
Begins July 2

In 1777, the tumult of the American Revolution continues and two unlikely anti-heroes make unlikely sacrifices, causing both Loyalists and Revolutionaries to examine the true meaning of honor. Shaw’s only play about America is a perfect piece to celebrate our Independence Day and New Jersey’s 350th anniversary.

Swindon:  "What will history say?"
Burgoyne: "History, sir, will tell lies as usual.”

 

The Alchemist

By Ben Jonson
Adapted and directed by Bonnie J. Monte

Begins August 6

This rowdy, bawdy, lunatic comedy about con men in 1610 shows how little has changed about greed or gullibility in the affairs of mankind. Three tricky gullers and the parade of outrageous characters they gull will leave you breathless with astonishment and laughter. An exquisite ensemble of some of the company’s most skilled comedians will bring this rarely-produced satiric masterwork to madcap life.

"You shall be soaked, and stroked, and tubb’d and rubb’d,
And scrubb’d, and fubb’d, dear don, before you go. 
You shall in faith, my scurvy baboon don,
Be curried, claw’d, and flaw’d, and taw’d indeed."

 

Wittenberg

By David Davalos
Directed by Joseph Discher

Begins September 10

It’s fall semester at University of Wittenberg and the playwright’s magic has manipulated time and space to bring an unusual quartet together — Doctor Faustus, Martin Luther, their pupil Hamlet, and Helen of Troy — to engage in debate about faith, fate, existence, and tennis. The huge enigmas that eternally puzzle mankind are given a witty, provocative, and delightfully quirky forum in this modern play populated by iconic luminaries from times past.

Faustus:  "I’ll be playing at The Bunghole this week, Wednesday and Friday nights, my usual gig, if you feel like a little light lute.  Two-stein minimum, all the tripe you can eat. So: big year.  Senior class.  Good time to be thinking about declaring a major."
Hamlet:  "So t’would seem."


Henry VIII

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Paul Mullins
Begins October 15

This rarely-produced play about one of history’s most well-known monarchs and the first two of his six wives depicts a young Henry obsessed with producing an heir to carry on his legacy. This epic pageant play focuses on the tug-of-wars between church and state and husband and wife, culminating in the birth of England’s future Queen Elizabeth I, Shakespeare’s great patron and Henry’s fierce and very female heir.

"I have ventur’d,
Like little wanton boys that swim on bladders,
This many summers in a sea of glory,
But far beyond my depth."

 

Much Ado About Nothing

By William Shakespeare 
Directed by Scott Wentworth
Begins December 3

The 2014 season concludes with the Bard’s famous comedic romp known for the brilliant war of words between the feisty Beatrice and the staunch bachelor Benedick. Renowned Stratford Festival artist Scott Wentworth does double duty, directing and playing Benedick opposite his real-life wife, Marion Adler, who will portray Beatrice. Not seen here in over a decade, this Much Ado will be tailor-made to celebrate the winter holiday season in a very “White Christmas” kind of way!

Beatrice: "I wonder that you will still be talking, Signor Benedick. Nobody marks you."
Benedick: "What, my dear Lady Disdain! Are you yet living?"

  

On the Outdoor Stage:

The Learned Ladies

By Molière
Translated to English verse by Richard Wilbur
Directed by Brian B. Crowe
Begins June 18th

The Shakespeare Theatre’s popular Outdoor Stage will ring with laughter as the “It Girls” of the 17th century, who bear a hilarious and uncanny resemblance to the “It Girls” of the 21st century, frolic, flirt, and flaunt in grand style in this silly, fun farce that is perfect for audiences of all ages and especially families with teens!

"Is there a stranger house in Christendom
Than mine, where women are as mad as hatters,
And everything is known except what matters?"





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