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October 28th – November 7th

Shakespeare’s Globe’s heralded 2008 production of The Merry Wives of Windsor, directed by Christopher Luscombe re-opened Friday, August 20th and runs at the Globe’s classic London Theatre through October 2nd.

This remounting of its 2008 production again features Christopher Benjamin as Falstaff, Serena Evans as Mistress Page, Sarah Woodward as Mistress Ford and Andrew Havill as Frank Ford.  After its London run, The Merry Wives of Windsor  travels to Los Angeles to the Eli and Edyth Broad Stage from October 14th though the 24th. The production then comes to New York’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Performing Arts at Pace University on Oct. 28th and runs through November 7th.   This is the second appearance at Pace University for Shakespeare’s Globe under the artistic leadership of Dominic Dromgoole. 

With its physical gags, linguistic jokes and vivid characters, The Merry Wives of Windsor celebrates the foundations of the modern TV sitcom.  Director Christopher Luscombe, once a Shakespeare comic actor himself, takes full advantage of this witty and affable play, directing a production full of irresistible charm—complimented by vibrant designs from Janet Bird and a jaunty score from composer Nigel Hess.

After the New York run of this show it will then return to England with engagements in Milton Keynes, Norwich, Richmond and Bath.

Merry Wives of Windsor was the hit of Shakespeare Globes 2008 season.  The Evening Standard exclaimed that “Good Queen Bess herself would surely have beamed at this delightful take on that royal command script, quite the best and freshest work I’ve seen at the Globe”.  The Times of London heralded, “A wonderfully warm comedy, stuffed with belly laughs.  Making broad Shakespearean comedy funny for a 21st century audience often feels a stretch.  But in his hectically paced, sitcom-inspired production of Merry Wives, Christopher Luscombe succeeds triumphantly.”

The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University is located at 3 Spruce Street.  The box office and theater entrance are located on Spruce Street, near the corner of Gold.

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The Public Theater
“Shakespeare in Southampton”

Jesse L. Martin Hosts
This Benefit Evening For
The Shakespeare Initiative

Shakespeare Lab to Perform
All’s Well That Ends Well
Directed by Barry Edelstein

Sunday, August 15, 2010
$150 and $500 Tickets Still Available

August 11, 2010 –The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis, Executive Director Andrew D. Hamingson) will present Shakespeare in Southampton, a fundraiser for the Shakespeare Initiative hosted by Jesse L. Martin (“Law & Order,” Shakespeare in the Park 2010), and featuring a performance of All’s Well That Ends Well, directed by Shakespeare Initiative Director Barry Edelstein.

The event will be held at the Southampton home of Roz and Richard Edelman and is presented by the Edelmans, Victoria and David Elenowitz, Joan and George Hornig, and The Public. The evening will begin with cocktails at 4 p.m., followed by the All’s Well That Ends Well performance at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. (All’s Well is an 80-minute, eleven-actor adaptation of the play.) Tickets are available for $150 (including cocktails and performance only), or $500 (includes cocktails, performance, and dinner.)

“The Public Theater began when Joseph Papp put Shakespeare on the back of a truck and brought him to venues around New York City.  That work is still a vital part of our mission,” said Shakespeare Initiative Director Barry Edelstein. “The funds raised at this event will allow us to reach even more communities and introduce this playwright to audiences who have few chances to know him.  We’re grateful to the incomparable Jesse L. Martin for hosting, and to the Hornig, Elenowitz, and Edelman families, and we know that Shakespeare in Southampton will continue to be a highlight of our year.”

For more information, or to order tickets, please call (212) 539-8547 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

In addition to producing world-class Shakespeare at the renowned Shakespeare in the Park and its East Village headquarters, The Public Theater’s Shakespeare Initiative includes programming that brings the wonders of Shakespeare to under-served young people and communities around New York City. This programming serves thousands annually and includes Shakespeare Lab, Jr.; Summer ShakeUp; Mobile Shakespeare Lab; and A Midsummer Day’s Camp.

THE PUBLIC THEATER (Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Andrew D. Hamingson, Executive Director)was founded by Joseph Papp in 1954 and is now one of the nation’s preeminent cultural institutions, producing new plays, musicals, and productions of classics at its downtown and at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The Public’s mandate to create a theater for all New Yorkers continues to this day onstage and through extensive outreach and education programs. Each year, over 250,000 people attend Public Theater-related productions and events at its downtown headquarters, Joe’s Pub, and Shakespeare in the Park. The Public has won 42 Tony Awards, 151 Obies, 41 Drama Desk Awards and four Pulitzer Prizes. The Public has brought 54 shows to Broadway, including Sticks and Bones; That Championship Season; A Chorus Line; The Pirates of Penzance; The Tempest; Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk; On the Town; The Ride Down Mt. Morgan; Topdog/Underdog; Elaine Stritch at Liberty; Take Me Out; Caroline, or Change; Well; Passing Strange; the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair; and this fall, the rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and the 2010 Shakespeare in the Park production of The Merchant of Venice.

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Bank of America is the proud Season Sponsor of Shakespeare in the Park.

The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities.

Time Warner is the Supporting Sponsor of The Public’s 2009-2010 season.  Bloomberg is the Supporting Season Sponsor of Shakespeare in the Park.  The New York Times is the exclusive Print Media Sponsor, and WNYC/WQXR Radio is the Media Sponsor of Shakespeare in the Park.  Penguin Group is the official Publishing Sponsor of Shakespeare in the Park.  Additional generous support for the 2010 season of Shakespeare in the Park is provided by the George T. Delacorte Fund at the New York Community Trust – Fund for Performances at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

Major support for The Public Theater is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Shubert Foundation, the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, the Susan Stein Shiva Foundation, the George T. Delacorte Fund at the New York Community Trust—Fund for Performances at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, and by Warren Spector and Margaret Whitton.

Additional generous support is provided by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Shen Family Foundation, and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

Public support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the New York State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Special thanks to Continental Airlines, the official airline of The Public Theater.

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