Centuryp presents summer Shakespeare starting June 30

The 37th season of Shakespeare & Company, Minnesota’s longest-running outdoor classical repertory theatre, begins June 30 at Century College and runs through Aug. 5. This year’s productions are The Merry Wives of Windsor, Tartuffe and Cymbeline.

All performances are held at Century’s Outdoor Theatre Complex on the college’s West Campus, 3300 Century Ave. N., White Bear Lake. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and free for children under 12. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7 p.m., and Sundays are at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at the ticket booth prior to the performance. For information, please call 651-779-5818 or visit the website at www.shakespeareandcompany.org.

Starting June 30, bring a picnic supper, a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy:

The Merry Wives of Windsor

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Tim Perfect

The most-beloved comic characters of Shakespeare’s Henry IV plays come together in this bawdy, riotous romp. Sir John Falstaff has his lusty eye on a couple of middle-class housewives. However, feminine wit and wisdom triumph once again as the amused and annoyed wives teach Sir John a lesson, bringing chaos to Windsor in this popular comedy. Performances are June 30, July 1, July 7, July 20, July 28 and Aug. 5.

Tartuffe

By Moliere

Directed by George M. Roesler

Orgon, a rich bourgeois, is having a mid-life crisis when he meets the wily con-artist, Tartuffe. Promising to release Orgon from his otherwise mundane life, Tartuffe persuades him to sign over his fortune and offer his daughter, Marianne, in marriage to his "spiritual" master. Only when he actually witnesses Tartuffe’s attempt to seduce his wife, Elmire, does Orgon come to his senses. Sinister trickery and incisive satire abound in this most masterful and most popular of Moliere’s comedies. Performances are July 6, July 8, July 14, July 22, July 27 and Aug. 4.

Cymbeline

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Jeffrey Altier

This late tale from Shakespeare has all the ingredients of a great folk story – a plucky princess heroine, an evil stepmother Queen and her not-very-bright son trying to steal the throne, missing royalty stolen away at birth, defeated love, a deceitful villain, and an invading army. But somehow, you know it’s all going to turn out fine in this adventure romance as only the Bard can do it. Performances are July 13, July 15, July 21, July 29 and Aug. 3.

Season 2012 Performance Schedule

Saturday, June 30, The Merry Wives of Windsor

Sunday, July 1, The Merry Wives of Windsor

Friday, July 6, Tartuffe

Saturday, July 7, The Merry Wives of Windsor

Sunday, July 8, Tartuffe

Friday, July 13, Cymbeline

Saturday, July 14, Tartuffe

Sunday, July 15, Cymbeline

Friday, July 20, The Merry Wives of Windsor

Saturday, July 21, Cymbeline

Sunday, July 22, Tartuffe

Friday, July 27, Tartuffe

Saturday, July 28, The Merry Wives of Windsor

Sunday, July 29, Cymbeline

Friday, Aug. 3, Cymbeline

Saturday, Aug. 4, Tartuffe

Sunday, Aug. 5, The Merry Wives of Windsor

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