Patrick Page Will Be Shylock at DC's Shakespeare Theatre; Season Announced

News   Patrick Page Will Be Shylock at DC's Shakespeare Theatre; Season Announced Shakespeare Theatre Company's 2010-11 season in Washington, DC, will include the bard's The Merchant of Venice, starring Patrick Page as Shylock, All's Well That Ends Well and Cymbeline.
Patrick Page will join Frank Langella in A Man for All Seasons.
Patrick Page will join Frank Langella in A Man for All Seasons.

Artistic director Michael Kahn announced the slate on Feb. 17. The season will also feature a recent adaptation by Tom Stoppard of Luigi Pirandello's Enrico IV, Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband (directed by Keith Baxter, an STC veteran) and the Leonard Bernstein musical Candide, directed by Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman (STC's Pericles and Argonautika) in a co-production with the Goodman Theatre.

Page is a respected classical actor whose career also includes appearances in commercial shows (think Beauty and the Beast, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Lion King).

Here's Shakespeare Theatre Company's 2010-11 season at a glance:

All's Well That Ends Well
by William Shakespeare,
directed by Michael Kahn,
Sept. 7–Oct. 24,
Lansburgh Theatre.
"STC artistic director Michael Kahn directs this adventure story that examines how far one will go to obtain an object of deep desire! In Shakespeare's moving comedy, Helena wants Bertram, the king wants a cure for his terminal illness and Bertram wants anything but marriage. With resourceful deception and ample persistence, our heroine Helena overcomes one obstacle after another."

Candide
by Voltaire,
adapted by Leonard Bernstein,
directed by Mary Zimmerman,
co-produced with the Goodman Theatre,
Nov. 30, 2010–Jan. 2, 2011,
Sidney Harman Hall.
"This rousing musical springs to life on stage during the holiday season, poking fun at optimism and following Candide on his quest for his true love with songs like 'Make Our Garden Grow' and 'Glitter and Be Gay.' The 20th-century classic will be reinvigorated in a new adaptation by director Mary Zimmerman, featuring her inventive, visually stunning style and matched with Bernstein's ravishing score, based on Voltaire's classic satire." Cymbeline
by William Shakespeare,
directed by Rebecca Bayla Taichman,
Jan. 18–March 6, 2011,
Lansburgh Theatre.
"Cymbeline follows Imogen on her search for reconciled love against the backdrop of a colorful and magical travelogue. Forbidden love, mistaken identities, banishment and a magic potion — Shakespeare combines multiple styles in this endlessly inventive fairytale."

The Merchant of Venice
by William Shakespeare,
directed by David Muse,
March 8–April 12, 2011,
Sidney Harman Hall.
"In the fascinating role of Shylock, Patrick Page returns to STC. Whether contemplating the contents of gilded chests or the darkest corners of human nature, The Merchant of Venice challenges audiences to look beyond misleading superficialities to find the true measure of things. This intriguing story of power and revenge, justice and mercy, true love and duplicity, features some of Shakespeare's most complex and memorable characters."

Enrico IV (Henry IV)
by Luigi Pirandello,
adapted by Tom Stoppard,
directed by Michael Kahn,
May 17–July 3, 2011,
Lansburgh Theatre.
"Enrico IV features Stoppard's characteristically witty banter as Pirandello's imaginative plot leaps between reality and illusion. In this new adaptation…a talented actor and historian falls off his horse during a historical pageant while playing the role of Henry IV. When he comes to, he believes himself to be the Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV of Germany — or does he? The delusion is supported by one of Luigi Pirandello's (Six Characters in Search of an Author) best hoaxes, in which actors play the roles of Henry's 11th-century court."

An Ideal Husband
by Oscar Wilde,
directed by Keith Baxter
June 21–July 24, 2011,
Sidney Harman Hall.
"Oscar Wilde's wickedly witty yet touching comedy revolves around blackmail, political corruption, and public and private honor in late 19th-century England, where 'an ideal husband' must be above reproach in both spheres. Sir Robert Chiltern is a well-regarded public official happily married to a loving wife. His status as an ideal husband is threatened when undeniable evidence of a past indiscretion appears. Sir Robert turns to his philandering friend Lord Goring for help, who takes matters into his own hands."

Subscriptions to the company's 2010-11 season are now on sale. For more information, contact (202) 547-1122 or visit ShakespeareTheatre.org.

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