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Theatricum Outdoor Shakespeare

Merry Wives of Windsor

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Ellen Geer

June 11-October 2, 2022

Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum
A Repertory Theatre Company
1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Topanga, CA 90290
$15 senior / student, $10 age 5-15 years (general admission)

Theatricum's production of The Merry Wives of Windsor is re-set in 1950s small-town America, along with a score of rockin' 50s tunes. When John Falstaff blows into town on his Harley and tries to woo two wealthy women at once, the opportunistic schemer and womanizer gets his comeuppance by townsfolk in an era where the fight for women's rights has begun in full force.

Traditional Shakespeare productions go like this: Falstaff arrives in Windsor very short on money. He decides that, to obtain financial advantage, he will court two wealthy married women. The "merry wives" aren't interested in the aging, overweight Falstaff; however, for the sake of their own amusement and to gain revenge for his assumptions towards them, they both pretend to respond to his advances. This results in great embarrassment for Falstaff.

 2022 Season

Sat, June 11, 2022, 7:30 p.m. Opening Night
Sat, June 18, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Sun, June 26, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Sat, July 9, 2022, 3:30 p.m.
Fri, July 15, 2022, 7:30 p.m. Pay What You Will
Sun, July 24, 2022, 3:30 p.m.
Sat, July 30, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Sun, August 7, 2022, 7:30 p.m. Prologue - Cast Pre-Show Discussion
Sat, August 13, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Fri, August 19, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Sun, August 28, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Sun, September 4, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Fri, September 9, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Sat, September 17, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Sun, September 25, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Sun, October 2, 2022 at 3:30 p.m. Closing Night

A Midsummer Night's Dream

June 12-October 1, 2022

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Melora Marshall

2022 Season

Sun, June 12, 2022, 3:30 p.m. Opening Night
Sun, June 19, 2022, 3:30 p.m.
Sun, June 26, 2022, 3:30 p.m.
Sun, July 10, 2022, 3:30 p.m.
Sun, July 17, 2022, 3:30 p.m.
Fri, July 22, 2022, 7:30 p.m. Pay What You Will
Sun, July 31, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Fri, September 2nd, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Mon, September 5, 2022, 6:00 p.m.
Sat, September 10, 2022, 7:30 p.m. Prologue - Cast Pre-Show Discussion
Sun, September 18, 2022, 3:30 p.m.
Sun, September 25, 2022, 3:30 p.m.
Sat, October 1, 2022, 3:30 p.m. Closing Night

Theatricum's signature production infuses Shakespeare's beautiful language with music and song in the most magical outdoor setting in Los Angeles—an enchanted forest inhabited by lovers both fairy and human.

Additional (non-Shakespeare) 2022 Productions

  • The West Side Waltz by Ernest Thompson June 25-October 1, 2022
  • Trouble the Water by Rebecca Bruff July 9-October 2, 2022

Theatricum Botanicum is a 299-seat outdoor amphitheatre in wooded Topanga Canyon open during the summer months. Outdoor stage performances include several Shakespeare plays plus contemporary offerings that are offered in single ticket purchase or season packages. Most years you will find a few special dinner performance and other unique events and celebrations.

A wonderful theatrical setting for a variety of plays that include Shakespeare summer favorites, and some free special performances. Advised to dress warmly as the theater is outdoors and, in case of inclement weather, please call for alternate performance times.

Who is Will Geer? Will Geer was one of the many actors victimized by the McCarthy Era Blacklisting. He opened a theatre for Blacklisted actors and folk singers on his Topanga property back in the 1950's, creating a legacy remembered today.

Natural aesthetics the theatre mainstage amphitheater enhances the venue's comfort and accessibility. Theatricum has expanded the Botanicum grounds by purchasing an additional piece of property southwest of the amphitheatre. This expansion enlarges the theatre's park-like setting available to the community. In addition, new spaces for classes and workshops allowing Theatricum to serve an increased number of students through its educational programs in the years to come.

In 2002, Botanicum Seedlings: A Development Series for Playwrights was created to foster the growth of unproven plays and emerging artistic voices. Botanicum Seedlings hosts public readings and workshops in the summer, as well as during the "off season" as a means to keep company members challenged and artistically vital.

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