October 12th, 2014: The Menaechmi, by Plautus
Misplaced twins, a wealthy wife, a coy courtesan, aprofessional parasite, and a foolish father-in law populate The Menaechmi, a classical tale of confusion. This play by Roman author Plautus was Shakespeare’s source material for The Comedy of Errors, beloved in its own time for its slapstick humor and swift wit.
November 2nd, 2014: Edward IV, Part 1, by Thomas Heywood
Presented by The Shakespeare Forum of New York City
Love is indeed a battlefield in Edward IV, Part 1. Following his defeat of Henry VI, King Edward faces rebellion and civil unrest– but his head is easily turned by a pretty face. Can he save the kingdom, get the girl, and still have time for a beer with the boys?
March 15th, 2015: Ram Alley, or Merry Tricks, by Lording Barry
Presented by MBC MFA Company Turning Glass Shakespeare
A tangle of trickery drives the action in this city comedy, written for the Children of the King’s Revels. Sexual politics collidewith pecuniary matters as the Widow Taffeta, the disguised Constantia, and the ruined country girl Frances search forworthy husbands amid a herd of fools and philanderers.
March 22nd, 2015: A Bold Stroke for a Wife, by Susannah Centlivre
Anne Lovely has four guardians, and if Colonel Fainwell wants to marry her, he’ll have to impress them all. Through a series of disguises and deceptions, Fainwell orchestrates a comic whirlwind of identity theft in this satirical send-up of courtship, religion, and politics, penned by an early-18th century female playwright.
May 3rd, 2015: The Tragical Reign of Selimus, Sometime Emperor of the Turks, by Robert Greene and Thomas Lodge
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