June 23–August 30, 2014
THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
Antipholus and Dromio are bewildered. Everywhere they go, they seem to have already been there. And the more they try to unravel the lunatic events around them, the more farcical their lives become. It’s double the laughter and twice the fun in Shakespeare’s hysterical comedy of not one, but two sets of twins and the shenanigans swirling around them.
HENRY IV PART 1
Civil war smolders around Henry IV’s new kingdom. However, the heir to his father’s throne, Prince Hal, ignores the gathering storm clouds and parties on with his debauched friends, including the hilarious rogue, Sir John Falstaff. Ultimately, the prince must choose between the revelry of his bar buddies and the heroism of a soldier and king – for his coming of age will shape the future of a nation.
MEASURE FOR MEASURE
Can goodness survive in a corrupt society? Can evil be meted out, with justice and compassion? Can chaste, innocent Isabella endure the foul machinations of those around her? Shakespeare, in this seldom-produced but daring “dark comedy,” tests integrity and decency to the limit. But, in the end, Isabella remains virtuous, and truth proves stronger than swords and evil men.
Orsino loves Olivia (who won’t give him the time of day). Olivia loves Viola (whom she thinks is a boy). Viola loves Orsino (who doesn’t know she’s a girl). Malvolio loves being in love, and Andrew, Toby Belch, and Maria love life to its fullest. It’s all hilarious confusion and rollicking laughs in this, one of Shakespeare’s most sparkling gems.
SENSE AND SENSIBILITY
Full of repressed passion and soaring emotions, this world-premiere adaptation of Jane Austen’s romantic novel was commissioned especially for Festival audiences. It tells the touching and comic story of the Dashwood sisters who are both looking for true love, but in very different ways. Elinor is all about using her head, while Marianne invariably follows her impulsive heart – and both their stories have just the right mix of Austen’s humor, romance, and happy endings.
INTO THE WOODS
An uncertain Cinderella. A bloodthirsty Little Red Riding Hood. A wicked witch – who sings and dances? They’re all among the cockeyed characters of this fractured fairy tale. But in this modern musical, happiness-ever-after is not always what it seems. Actions have consequences, charming princes have flaws, and, well, killing a giant can make the giant’s wife very angry.