The Lord Denney's Players will present their next production, Sir John Falstaff and the Merry Wives of Windsor, from April 4 to April 7, 2018 at the Columbus Performing Arts Center.
The text we now know as Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor exists in two forms that are substantially different from one another, a circumstance that Shakespeare scholars and editors have long struggled to account for: is the longer text an expansion of the shorter, or is the shorter text an edited and reduced version of the longer? By offering the first North American production of the early text of the play, printed in 1602, Lord Denney’s Players is making a lasting contribution to scholarship into both Shakespeare’s texts and gender dynamics on the early modern stage.
As well as directing the show, Professor Sarah Neville will be teaching ENGLISH 4520.02: Special Topics in Shakespeare—The Merry Wives of Windsor, in concert with the production. In this course, students will learn about critical controversies surrounding the play and its history. An informational meeting about the class and the production will take place in September, 2017; auditions will occur on January 10 to 12, 2018.