THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
February 25, 2017 - March 26, 2017
By William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Eric Tucker
MARION HUBER THEATER
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"Inventive and Fascinating" --BroadwayWorld
"adventurous and refreshing" --The Star-Ledger
3 Actors—Many Hilarious Roles—
Shakespeare Like You've Never Seen Before!
Featuring only three actors—Nicole Lewis, Jason O’Connell, and Zuzanna Szadkowski—this production of The Merry Wives of Windsor explores the darker undercurrent of one of Shakespeare’s silliest comedies. In the play, the lecherous buffoon John Falstaff decides to seduce both Mistress Page and Mistress Ford, respectable married women of Windsor. When the two women immediately see through Falstaff’s plot, they decide to turn the tables on him and devise a plot of their own.
Please note: this production contains adult content and sexual situations.
The production will run approximately 100-minutes, no intermission.
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Nicole Lewis (Actor) is excited to work on Merry Wives of Windsor with two incredible castmates at Two River Theater. Some of her favorite projects include: Broadway: Hair, 2009 Tony Award Best Revival (Original Cast); Rent (Joanne); Lennon. Off-Broadway: Mrs. Jennings in Bedlam’s Sense & Sensibility; Isabella in Measure for Measure and Lady Macduff in Macbeth (The Public Theater Mobile Unit); Murder Ballad and Boy Gets Girl (Manhattan Theatre Club); Happiness (Lincoln Center Theater workshop). Regional: Jory in Disgraced (ATC); Kate in Good People (Geva Theatre & Indiana Rep); Susan in David Mamet’s Race (Philadelphia Theatre Co.); Ann Deever in All My Sons (Intiman Theater, Seattle); Hannah in Paula Vogel’s A Civil War Christmas (Baltimore Center Stage); Miranda in The Tempest (Williamstown); Paulette in Legally Blonde (CRT); The Threepenny Opera and Tartuffe (A.C.T., San Francisco). Special engagements include: Far But Close by/with Daniel Beaty (Dance Theatre of Harlem); Flowers Are Sleeping by/with Eisa Davis (Symphony Space); 2013 New Hampshire Theatre Award nominee — Best Supporting Actress in a Musical (Asaka in Once on This Island). TV: The Blacklist, Mozart in the Jungle, Odd Mom Out, Law & Order: SVU, Blue Bloods. Nicole plays the title character in the feature film London Betty and can be seen in the recently released Robert DeNiro flick, The Comedian. Nicole is also a professional commercial and audiobook voice-over Artist and is a proud member of the Actors Center. She holds a BA from Yale University and an MFA from A.C.T. in San Francisco. Thanks to Grandpa Gerald Leach for his wicked sense of humor, Dad, Chris, Lewis and Leach families, Julia and Bill at Lava, Eric, and Bedlam. NicoleLewis.nyc; @NicoleLewisNYC.
Jason O’Connell (Actor) Off-Broadway/NYC: Edward and Robert Ferrars in Bedlam's long-running production of Sense & Sensibility (Gym at Judson), Bottom and Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Pearl (co-pro with HVSF), Trigorin in The Seagull (Bedlam/Sheen Center), Penny Pennyworth (Emerging Artists/TADA), Saint Joan and Hamlet (Bedlam/Lynn Redgrave Theatre), Don Juan in Hell (Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, 2014 NYIT Award — Outstanding Lead Actor, one of the Wall Street Journal’s “best performances of 2013”). Jason’s solo show, The Dork Knight, has enjoyed NYC runs at the Abingdon Theatre, the Access Theater, Under St. Marks, and Joe's Pub. Regional: eight seasons with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (Berowne in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Claudius in Hamlet, etc), American Players Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, Florida Studio Theatre, Great Lakes Theater, Arkansas Rep, Portland Stage, Nebraska and Texas Shakespeare Festivals. TV: Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Jason is thrilled to see his and Dan Matisa’s idea for a small-cast Merry Wives of Windsor come to fruition after so many years. Huge thanks to all those who have helped along the way, including Terrence O’Brien, Jessica Frey, Kate Hamill, Davis McCallum, Francis Jue, and Judy Boals Inc.
Zuzanna Szadkowski (Actor) played Dorota in the CW’s hit drama series Gossip Girl. She can be seen as Nurse Pell on the Cinemax series from Steven Soderbergh, The Knick. Other television credits include The Good Wife, Elementary, Girls, Guiding Light, The Sopranos, Law & Order, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Film credits include Growing Up and Other Lies, Loserville and Butterflies of Bill Baker. Theater credits include The Comedy of Errors as part of the Public Theater’s Mobile Shakespeare Unit, Nora and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss and What I Wore Off-Broadway and on tour, and The 39 Steps at Actors Theatre of Louisville. She received a B.A. from Barnard College and an M.F.A. in acting from the A.R.T./MXAT Institute at Harvard.
Eric Tucker (Director) was named the Wall Street Journal’s Director of the Year in 2014. Off-Broadway: Bedlam’s Sense & Sensibility (Off-Broadway Alliance Award, Lortel nom — Best Director, Drama League nom — Best Revival); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Drama League nom — Best Revival, WSJ Best Classical Production 2015, NY Times’ Critics’ Pick); Bedlam’s Saint Joan (NY Times/Time Magazine Top 10, Off-Broadway Alliance Best Revival 2014); Bedlam’s Hamlet (NY Times Top 10, Time Out NY and Backstage Critics’ Pick); Tina Packer’s Women of Will; The Belle of Belfast. For Bedlam: Dead Dog Park, New York Animals (world premiere by Steven Sater/Burt Bacharach), Twelfth Night and What You Will (NY Times Critics’ Picks), The Seagull (WSJ Best Classical Production 2014) and Sense & Sensibility (NY Times Top 10, NY Times/Wall Street Journal/Time Out Critics’ Pick), Saint Joan and Hamlet (NYC and Tour; Elliott Norton Awards — Outstanding Visiting Production and Outstanding Ensemble; Boston Globe Top 10). Other: Sense & Sensibility (The Folger), Copenhagen (Central Square Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (HVSF), The Libertine (IRNE nomination, Best Director). Hamlet (with William Hurt), Mate (The Actors’ Gang), Macbeth (Best Overall Production and Best Director noms LA Weekly). Eric received his M.F.A. from the Trinity Rep Conservatory. He resides in New York City, where he is the Artistic Director of Bedlam Theatre.
February 2, 2017 - TWO RIVER THEATER CONTINUES ITS SEASON WITH A THREE-ACTOR, 90-MINUTE VERSION OF THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, ADAPTED AND DIRECTED BY ERIC TUCKER; THE COMPANY INCLUDES NICOLE LEWIS, JASON O’CONNELL AND ZUZANNA SZADKOWSKI