Actors’ Renaissance Season

January 11 - April 14

Sponsored by Kevin and Diane Wilshere, Rodney Young, and Mandi Montgomery Smith

In the Actors’ Renaissance Season, we create theatre with no director, little costume assistance, and very little rehearsal time – similar to the way we believe Shakespeare’s company operated.  You’ll get two opportunities to party with Falstaff, but you’ll also be able to consider love and marriage, witness crime and punishment, and experience the first play from Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries.

Special Events:
  • Band Candy Benefit Concert – April 14 at 7:30pm

Shows

January 11, 2019 – April 13, 2019

Urban legend claims that Queen Elizabeth asked Shakespeare to write a play featuring “the fat knight in love.” In The Merry Wives of Windsor, Falstaff is certainly in lust, if not truly in love. The objects of his affection, two clever Windsor wives, team up to outsmart and outmaneuver one of Shakespeare’s most beloved bad boys. Romance, farce, and a loving portrait of Elizabethan domestic life blend in this irresistible comic confection.

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January 12, 2019 – April 11, 2019

In this thrilling and poignant coming-of-age story, Shakespeare gives us the whole world: the fabulous fat knight, the troubled king, the hot-blooded warrior, the prodigal prince, and the crew of big-hearted Eastcheap rabble-rousers. Henry IV, Part 1 is Shakespeare’s masterful exploration of family and friends; honor and happiness; and those moments when we are forced to choose between the thing we desire and the thing we know we must do.

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February 7, 2019 – April 14, 2019

Anne Page didn’t always hate fun. Now, her New Hampshire hometown wonders why she stopped smiling. Single, content and almost 40, she teaches English at her old high school, hoping to inspire at least one student a year. With her childhood friend Courtney Ash insisting on celebrating life in the face of terminal cancer and her Egyptian immigrant student Alaa Farag starting a marriage protest in the town square, Anne Page and her neighbors in Windsor, New Hampshire are forced to face marriage, love, life and loss. Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, Anne Page Hates Fun explores the issues of equality, power, and consent challenging one small New Hampshire community and the ideals of love that apply to us all.

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February 28, 2019 – April 13, 2019

Letitia and Doricourt, though engaged for years, haven’t seen each other since they were children. In this comedy of town and country, Letitia outwits and outplays her “worldly” betrothed to win his love. A cast of characters, including Letitia’s tricky father, the divided Touchwood couple, and a pair of rogues, all wind up at a masquerade ball where mistaken identity makes the best match.

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March 20, 2019 – April 12, 2019

On February 14, 1551, Thomas Arden was brutally murdered in his own home. Arden of Faversham follows the scheming wife, lover, and hired henchman who carried out the notorious murder that rocked Elizabethan England. One of the earliest domestic tragedies to focus on ordinary, lower-class citizens, this play proves that a grisly, true-crime tale always captivates audiences.

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