Theatre: The Winter’s Tale

…[EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR]

Just in time for our late-arriving spring, Fondren Theatre Workshop will present Shakespeare in Fondren Park!

FTW presents William Shakespeare’s THE WINTER’S TALE, May 15-16-17-18. Performances will be at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, with 2:00 p.m. matinees on both Saturday and Sunday. Since it’s in the park, please bring your own lawn chairs or blankets.

Written toward the end of William Shakespeare’s theatrical career, The Winter’s Tale (1609-1611) is a story of loss and redemption. In a fit of wild and unfounded jealousy, Leontes, the King of Sicily, convinces himself that his pregnant wife is carrying his best friend’s love child. Leontes’s jealousy turns to tyranny as the king proceeds to destroy his entire family and a lifelong friendship. Sixteen long years pass, and we witness one of the most astonishing endings in English literature.

The play is famous for its two-part structure, which makes The Winter’s Tale seem like two entirely different plays that are joined together at the end. The first three acts enact a mini-tragedy and occur in wintery Sicily, while the second half of the play occurs in Bohemia during the summer months and features the kind of restorative ending typical of Shakespeare’s comedies.

Directed by John Howell, the play features the following cast:

LEONTES – Brent Hearn
HERMIONE – Tessa Eltzroth
POLIXENES / DION – Nate Quarterman
PAULINA – Melissa Newell
CAMILLO / CLEOMINES – Darrell O. Troth
ANTIGONOUS / ARCHIDAMUS – John Howell
AUTOLYCUS / THE MARINER – J. C. Patterson
PERDITA – Rachel Eason
PRINCE FLORIZEL – George J. Mayronne III
THE CLOWN / THE JAILER – David Jackson
MAMILLIUS – Darby Frost, Robbie Newell
MOPSA – Claire Kinsey Mayronne
EMILIA – Monique Tracy Stuart Troth
DORCAS – Malaika Quarterman
TIME – Denise Halbach

For this production, we are thrilled to partner with OurFondren Neighborhood Association, who will be hosting an entire slate of events on Saturday, May 17, featuring other local performers and free hotdogs and beverages. So bring your lawn chairs or blankets and other picnic supplies and make a day of it!


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