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Theater to Present Merry Wives of Windsor
Published: November 07 2013

The Arkansas State University-Beebe Theater Department will celebrate the 47th Annual Arkansas Shakespeare Festival Nov. 18-20 at the Owen Center Theater.

The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare will be performed Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 18, 19, and 20, at 7:30 p.m. The production will also include two morning matinees for high schools. Appropriate for all ages, with a suggested minimum age of 13, The Merry Wives of Windsor is under the direction of Don J. Eller. 

Sir John Falstaff, a knight down on both luck and cash, hatches a scheme to raise funds. He will seduce Mistress Ford and Mistress Page in an attempt to get at their husbands’ money. However, Falstaff has overestimated his ingenuity-the two women compare their letters, and finding them identical, hatch a plan of their own to make a buffoon of the knight.

This seldom-performed work includes some of Shakespeare’s funniest and feistiest women in a light-hearted and fast-paced romp!The Arkansas Shakespeare Festival was founded on the ASU-Beebe campus in 1966, and the Arkansas Shakespeare Festival is one of the oldest continuous educational Shakespeare festivals in America. Over the years it has presented over 300 performances, mounting 47 productions of Shakespeare’s plays. 

ASU-Beebe offers an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degree with an emphasis in a fine arts field of study.  This degree is a comprehensive, two-year based curriculum designed specifically for transfer toward a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.

Seating for the concert is unreserved and on a first-come basis. The theater will open 30 minutes prior to curtain call. Tickets will be on sale one hour before show time at the door; however, interested persons are advised to arrive early. Ticket prices are $10 for general admission and $5 for seniors, students, military and educators.

The Owen Center Theater is located at 910 Pecan Street in Beebe. For tickets and concert series information, call (501) 882-8925 or visit the ASU-Beebe website at www.asub.edu.