Shakespeare’s hilarious, tongue-in-cheek comedy, Merry Wives of Windsor, and his cutthroat tale of corruptive power, Macbeth, will be presented in repertory at Pomona College’s beautiful Sontag Greek Theater in Claremont. Produced in cooperation with The Pomona College Department of Theatre and Dance, performances begin July 17 and will run through the 27, with founding artistic director, Beatrice Casagran directing Merry Wives and associate artistic director Kevin Slay directing Macbeth.
Set in the late 1960s, Shakespeare’s works will be given a fresh, colorful perspective in the amphitheater which was originally built in 1910 and renovated in 1997.
In The Merry Wives of Windsor, two married women (and their money) are pursued by the rotund and rambunctious Falstaff. But the ladies see right through his plots, and form a few of their own. Mischief and hysteria follow, with lovers and lechers chasing after what they truly desire.
In Macbeth, the main character is visited by three sinister but seductive women, who hail him as the highest ruler in the country, a title he knows he does not hold — yet. Shamelessly pressed by his ambitious wife, Macbeth leaves a bloody path in his wake as he charges for the throne, leaving the question asked: what, or who, is worth the price of power?
Conceived of and founded by Beatrice Casagran, and Caitlin Lopez, Ophelia’s Jump is a new theatre company serving the San Gabriel Foothill corridor. Its goal is to produce highly regarded, award-winning works that leave audiences asking questions and discussing big ideas – theatre that invites you to leap into the drama.
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
July 17, 19, 25, 27
July 18, 20, 24, 26
Sontag Greek Theater, Pomona College
300 East Bonita Avenue, Claremont
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays at 8:00 pm
Ticket prices: $25 general admission, $22 student/seniors
Group tickets available, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information
Tickets: www.opheliasjump.org or (909) 624-1464