|The Winter’s Tale | July 9 – August 22|
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Dawn McAndrews
|Sponsored by Robert & Moira Fuller|
Tragic, romantic, hilarious, and uplifting, The Winter’s Tale is an enchanting story about the evil of jealousy and the power of forgiveness. Filled with mature wisdom infused with youthful optimism, the tale begins with a serious question, moves through lighthearted romance, and ends with a miracle.
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From the Director
At some point, we have all been plagued by the pangs jealousy—perhaps we’ve even given in to its incessant nagging. The Winter’s Tale plunges us into just such a nightmare,where logic and love yield to insecurity and fear. In this heartbreakingly beautiful tale Shakespeare weaves together themes explored throughout his plays revealing a need to sum up his life’s lessons before retiring from the theatre. His penultimate message instructs us to love and forgive no matter what trespasses may befall us.
The Winter’s Tale asks much of us as audience. It is not merely complex in the ways you might expect—like language and structure—but also in the emotional journey of the families at its heart. Shakespeare paints in uncharacteristically bold strokes in the telling of this tale: abrupt shifts in time and space, the use of music found in the later plays, and the fantastical elements of myth, magic, and Time. And to my delight, he offers artfully defined, strong, prominent roles for women in Hermione, Paulina, and Perdita; captured at three very profound times in the life cycle of women. The plot may be set in motion by a jealous husband but it is driven by the women whose very lives are held in the balance by one moment of misogyny and mistrust. In the end, it is the power to heal from within that saves the characters from themselves. It is in our capacity to forgive that there is hope and, ultimately, a small miracle.
So, sit back and give over to the magic; suspend your disbelief. For just a moment in time let skepticism take a holiday. “It is required/ You do awake your faith,” and believe in the miracle of love.