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Free for All – William Shakespeare’s
Much Ado About Nothing
directed by Jenny Lord
originally directed by Ethan McSweeny
August 20–September 1, 2013
Sidney Harman Hall
Everyone can see that Beatrice and Benedick are meant for each other except Beatrice and Benedick. Hero and Claudio, themselves newly betrothed, conspire to trick them into announcing their feelings for each other. Meanwhile, a bitter and troublesome Don John schemes to destroy Claudio and Hero’s engagement by besmirching Hero’s honor. Much Ado About Nothing is “a passionate night of fiery laughter and merry making” (Maryland Theatre Guide).
Measure for Measure
directed by Jonathan Munby
September 12–October 27, 2013
Duke Vincentio, pretending to take leave, appoints Angelo his deputy and orders him to cleanse the city of vice. When Isabella, a woman about to dedicate her life to God, asks a favor of Angelo, a series of events unfold leading to a shocking ultimatum that reverberates throughout Vienna. Shakespeare’s dark comedy of complex and controversial ideas is a compelling exploration of ethics, morality and the corrupting nature of power.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
book by Burt Shevelove & Larry Gelbart
music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
originally produced on Broadway by Harold S. Prince
directed by Alan Paul
November 21, 2013–January 5, 2014
Sidney Harman Hall
“Something familiar, something peculiar, something for everyone, a comedy tonight!” The Shakespeare Theatre Company presents A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Directed by STC Associate Director Alan Paul, the Tony Award®-winning musical features a beloved score by Stephen Sondheim and uproarious book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbert. Set in Ancient Rome, hear the story of the animated Pseudolus, a slave desperate to leave his vocation. In an attempt to win his freedom, he helps his master’s son Hero to woo his love Philia, the problem being that Philia is already promised to the intimidating Miles Gloriosus. By using reluctant neighbors as pawns, Pseudolus tries (with little finesse) to save the day and win his own happy ending.
The Importance of Being Earnest
directed by Keith Baxter
January 16–March 2, 2014
Oscar Wilde’s most perfect of plays, The Importance of Being Earnest, a comedy about class, courtship and connection, premieres at STC this holiday season at the Lansburgh Theatre. Full of epigrammatic wit and surprising plot twists, Wilde’s sharp and satirical concoction tells the tale of Jack and Algernon, who indulge themselves in their favorite pastime, “Bunburying,” to avoid their burdensome social obligations. Earnest is a trivial farce for serious people.
Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2
directed by Michael Kahn
March 25–June 8, 2014
Sidney Harman Hall
Two of Shakespeare’s most popular works, Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 contain some of the playwright’s most enduring and endearing characters. Henry IV is a coming-of-age story of a young prince burdened with the duty of accepting his father’s legacy, and the responsibility necessary to unite a fracturing kingdom. Stacy Keach (King Lear, Macbeth) plays Shakespeare’s beloved character, Falstaff, in this epic masterpiece told in two parts and staged in revolving repertory. Part of the Clarice Smith Repertory Series.
directed by Maria Aitken
May 29–July 13, 2014
Noël Coward’s fast-talking, manners-breaking comedy, Private Lives, makes its STC debut to finish a stellar season. Divorced from each other, Amanda and Elyot are each on honeymoons with new spouses and soon discover that they’re booked into the same hotel. As everyone tries to maintain a veneer of etiquette and respectability, old feelings make things complicated. Maria Aitken directs this witty and irreverent play about the people we cannot live with or without.
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