ASC Presents "The Merry Wives of Windsor"

September 03, 2013

play posterThe American Shakespeare Center (ASC) will present a free performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor in Longwood University’s Jarman Auditorium on Tuesday, September 17, at 7:30 PM.  The performance by the internationally acclaimed theatre company is being presented jointly by Longwood’s Department of English and Modern Languages and Hampden-Sydney College.

“The American Shakespeare Center is authentic to the original time period in a way that is engaging for a modern audience,” said Dr. Robin Smith, assistant professor of English at Longwood. “The way they perform Shakespeare makes it accessible. Anyone can figure out what is going on—get the language and the dirty jokes.”

This first ASC production at Longwood is the result of a collaboration between Smith and Dr. Curtis Smith, Myers Professor and Director of the Freshman Leadership Program in Hampden-Sydney's Wilson Center for Leadership, who chairs the ASC board of trustees. “I’m delighted that something I care about so much is coming here,” said Curtis Smith.

The Merry Wives of Windsor, a comedy, is described as “an Elizabethan ‘I Love Lucy’” in The Friendly Shakespeare: A Thoroughly Painless Guide to the Best of the Bard by Norrie Epstein: “It’s one of those plays that work better in performance than on the page, since it’s filled with sight gags and spoken humor, including outrageous accents and bawdy malapropisms, that are hilarious on stage.”

The mission of the ASC, founded in 1988 and based in Staunton, is to “recover the joys and accessibility of Shakespeare’s theatre, language, and humanity by exploring the English Renaissance stage and its practices through performance and education.”

Tickets are free but should be reserved in advance. Beginning Aug. 26, reserve up to four tickets

·         online at (type Longwood University in the search bar);

·         from Hampden-Sydney College’s Wilson Center (434-223-7077,; or

·         from the Longwood Box Office (434-395-2474,, located on the first floor of the Center for Communication Studies and Theatre.

Tickets not claimed by 7:15 pm September 17 will be available at Jarman on a first come basis.