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6289-Merry Wives of Windsor

6289-February 23, 2012

Merry Wives of Windsor

The Malone University College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences – Theatre will stage William Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor" March 27-31 at 7 p.m. – with an additional matinee Friday, March 30 at 10 a.m. – in the Performing Arts Hall of Founders Hall. Tickets are $8 for all performances, and $3 for Malone University students with an ID. Call the theatre box office at 330-471-8202.

A study guide for educators, currently being developed by the Malone University World Drama class, will be made available for the matinee performance.

Pictured above, clockwise from top: Brook Pittinger, Julia Belden, Morgan Pittinger (child), Noah Leon (child), Alex Roudebush (child), Brie Mercier (child), Alexis McCullough.

Plot summary from nosweatshakespeare.com:

Sir John Falstaff is in financial difficulties. On top of that, Justice Shallow and his youthful cousin, Slender, have come to Windsor because he has conned them out of money. Falstaff decides to woo the wives of two of Windsor's leading merchants, Page, and Ford, to get money out of them. He sends his page, Robin, to each of the wives with a letter. The wives compare the letters and find that they are identical.

They decide to teach him a lesson and devise a plan. They invite him to Mistress Ford's house at a time when Ford will be out bird shooting. Falstaff's companions, Pistol and Nym, tell Ford about Falstaff's intentions and Ford, a naturally jealous man, resolves to catch his wife out. He disguises himself as a shy man, Master Brook, with a passion for Mistress Ford, and goes to Falstaff and offers him money to woo her on his behalf. Falstaff tells him that a meeting has already been arranged and agrees to Master Brook's request.

Slender has made friends with a local clergyman, Parson Evans. Slender has fallen for Page's daughter, Anne, who is already secretly meeting a young courtier, Fenton, of whom Page disapproves. Anne's mother, Mistress Page, is determined that she will marry the French doctor, Caius. When Caius hears about Slender's suit he challenges Parson Evans to a duel. The landlord of the Garter Inn confuses matters by setting different places for the duel, which results in the antagonists making up their differences.

Falstaff arrives at Mistress Ford's house but his wooing is interrupted by Mistress Page's announcement that the men are returning. They hide Falstaff in a large laundry basket and he is carried out. Ford searches the house. Falstaff is tipped out on a muddy river bank. The wives, amused by the incident, decide to repeat the incident and invite Falstaff to come again. He is reluctant but Master Brook persuades him to accept and his visit is again interrupted by Ford's return. Ford searches the laundry basket but this time Falstaff is disguised as the elderly aunt of one of the servants. When Ford finds nothing in the laundry basket he loses his temper and angrily beats the 'aunt' out of the house. The wives laughingly tell their husbands about the trick and Page suggests that they should publicly humiliate Falstaff to stop him from preying on honest wives.

Mistress Ford invites Falstaff to meet her at night in Windsor Park, disguised as Hearne the Hunter. Parson Evans organizes Anne and some children to dress as fairies. Anne plans to elope with Fenton, while her parents are plotting her kidnapping by Caius and a secret marriage to him. They all meet in the park and Falstaff is pinched and taunted by the fairies. Anne escapes and returns as Fenton's wife, while Cauius and Slender both find that they have eloped with boys. The play ends with the Pages giving their blessing to Anne's marriage and everyone laughing at the evening's antics and the humiliation of Falstaff.


  • Mr. Ford- David Carmany, a freshman communication arts major from Wellington

  • Falstaff - Brook Pittinger, a junior communication arts major from Massillon

  • Evans-  Josh Setty, a senior zoo and wildlife biology major from Hillsboro

  • Slender- Jon DeMattia, a junior youth/educational ministries from Novelty

  • Caius- Jared Hoffmeyer, a junior exercise science major from Minerva

  • Mr. Page-  Marcus Burkhardt, a junior integrated language arts major from Shauck

  • Simple/ Fenton (double) - Andrew Smith, a sophomore liberal arts major from Zanesville

  • Ms. Ford- Alexis McCullough, a junior art major from Newark

  • Anne Page- Erin Moore, a senior communication arts major from Stow

  • Ms. Quickly- Patty Rhinehart, a freshman middle childhood education major from Waynesville

  • Ms. Page- Julia Belden, a senior zoo and wildlife biology major from Canton

  • Hostess- Kaitlyn Becka, a freshman social work major from Brooklyn

  • Shallow- Amanda May, a freshman nursing major from Canton

  • Jack Rugby (Jacqueline)- Hannah Morgan, a freshman art major from Rootstown

  • Pistol- Sally Gotch, a junior art major from Louisville

  • Bardolph- Lisa Heath, a senior liberal arts major from Williamsville, NY

  • Nym- Marie Davison, a freshman integrated science major from Cortland

Brad Eick, a 2010 graduate of Malone University well-remembered for his senior project "En Garde!" – a theatrical montage of sword play – is returning as sword fighting choreographer.

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone is recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, named an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award winner, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2012.


Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424

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