DC's Shakespeare Theatre Celebrates 25 Years With Premiere of David Ives' The Heir Apparent, Much Ado, Strange Interlude

News   DC's Shakespeare Theatre Celebrates 25 Years With Premiere of David Ives' The Heir Apparent, Much Ado, Strange Interlude
Shakespeare Theatre Company artistic director Michael Kahn announced the Washington, DC, company's 25th anniversary season Feb. 10.

David Ives
David Ives Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The season will feature a world-premiere adaptation of Jean-François Regnard's The Heir Apparent by acclaimed playwright David Ives, as well as productions of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Merry Wives of Windsor, Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters, Eugene O'Neill's Strange Interlude and more.

The season will kick off with the Free for All production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Aug. 18-Sept. 4. David Muse will direct the tragedy of political power games in ancient Rome.

Kahn will direct Ives' adaptation of The Heir Apparent, Sept. 6-Oct. 23. According to STC, in Regnard's 1706 play, "Eraste desperately wants to marry Isabelle, but first he needs to secure an inheritance from his miserable old uncle, Geronte. Geronte won't make it easy for Eraste, though, as he's bequeathed his money to distant relatives. Can Eraste's resourceful servant save the day with his powers of disguise and his quick wit? Love, family and intrigue join to make this a hilarious French farce that shouldn't be missed." The play is the eighth mainstage production in STC's ReDiscovery Series.

Much Ado About Nothing will perform Nov. 23-Jan. 1, 2012. Ethan McSweeny will direct Shakespeare's romantic comedy of verbal sparring that leads to love.

The Two Gentlemen of Verona will perform Jan. 17-March 4, 2012. P.J. Paparelli will direct the Shakespearean comedy of two friends mixed up in love for the same girl. Strange Interlude will take the stage March 27-April 29, 2012. Kahn will direct O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama of a family torn apart when a pregnant wife learns a secret.

The Servant of Two Masters, adapted by Constance Congdon, will perform May 15-July 1, 2012. Christopher Bayes will direct Goldoni's classic commedia dell'arte tale of the crafty servant Truffaldino, who plans to serve two masters at once.

The Merry Wives of Windsor will conclude the season, June 12-July 15, 2012. Shakespeare's comic tale of Falstaff's plan to woo two wives at once was the first production presented in STC's Free-for-All series, and returns as part of the theatre's 25th anniversary celebrations.

The season will also feature concert version of The Boys from Syrcause, Rodgers and Hart's musical version of The Comedy of Errors, adapted by David Ives and directed by Alan Paul (Nov. 4-6), and of Galt McDermot, John Guare and Mel Shapiro's Tony Award-winning rock opera adaptation of Two Gentlemen of Verona (Jan. 27-29, 2012).

A day-long series of free readings of Shakespeare's Henry VI trilogy will also be offered. Dates and casting for the readings will be announced shortly.

For more information and tickets, call (202) 547-1122 or visit shakespearetheatre.org.

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