The New American Shakespeare Tavern presents All’s Well that Ends Well (in repertory)

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Shakespeare Evolution Series The ComediesThe Atlanta Shakespeare Company at The New American Shakespeare Tavern presents All’s Well that Ends Well (in repertory)

Welcome to The Shakespeare Evolution Series!

Now that we have completed Shakespeare’s entire canon, we’re starting over by producing the plays in the order in which they were written! Last season we started the comedies. We’ll finish them in September 2012 and start with the tragedies.

All’s Well that Ends Well (in repertory with Measure for Measure)
Directed by Drew Reeves
$15 General Admission Preview Sunday September 9 and Thursday September 13
Performances September 14, 15, 20, 22, 28, 30, 2012

There is nothing that Helenawon’t do to be with the haughty Bertram, who has run away to avoid being with her. By setting her up with seemingly impossible tasks to perform in order to bring him back, he thinks he’s safe from being her husband.  What could possibly go wrong?  Full of outrageous plot twists and tricks, this comedic tale is sure to surprise and entertain.

A part of The Shakespeare Evolution Series: The Comedies

Join the cast and crew members for a lively Question and Answer session on Sunday September 16 after the show!

Dramatis Personae

King of France Maurice Ralston*
Bertram, Count of Rousillon Paul Hester*
Countess of Rousillon, Mother to Bertram Laura Cole
Lavatch, a Clown in her household Matt Felten
Helena, a Gentlewoman protected by the Countess Jaclyn Hofmann

Lafew, an old Lord Doug Kaye*
Parolles, a follower of Bertram Matt Nitchie
An Old Widow of Florence Erin Considine
Diana, Daughter to the Widow Jennifer Alice Acker
Steward to the Countess of Rousillon Mark Schroeder
Violenta Kristin Storla
Mariana Hayley Platt
Lords Kenneth Wigley (Lord G), Chris Schulz (Lord E), Daniel Parvis, Mark Schroeder
Soldiers Doug Kaye*, Maurice Ralston*, Matt Felten, Daniel Parvis, Mark Schroeder
Servants/Attendants Kenneth Wigley, Chris Schulz, Daniel Parvis, Mark Schroeder, Hayley Platt, Kristin Storla

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

All’s Well Synopsis

Helena, an orphan, loves Bertram, son of the dowager Countess of Rousillon, who has brought her up. When the haughty young man goes as a ward to the French King,Helena– whose father has been a celebrated physician – follows him, hoping that she may cure the King of a painful illness. She does so with one of her father’s remedies; and being offered her choice of husband from the gentlemen at court, chooses Bertram. Snobbishly, he objects –“A poor physician’s daughter my wife!” – but forced by the King, agrees to the match. Immediately afterwards he runs away toFlorenceas a volunteer in the Tuscan wars – the Florentines against the Sienese – with a cowardly braggart, Parolles, as his companion.

Back at Rousillon Helena learns that Bertram will take her as his wife when she has got from his finger a prized heirloom-ring and borne him a child. She goes, in pilgrim’s dress, theFlorence, where Bertram is seeking to seduce a widow’s daughter, Diana.Helenapersuades Diana to yield to him but to ask for his ring and to make an assignation which she, Helena, will keep.

Meanwhile, the follow-officers of Parolles trick him into exposing his cowardice. Diana, having got Bertram’s ring, duly arranges a midnight meeting with him; hidden by darkness, Helena takes Diana’s place and gives Bertram as a keepsake a ring she had received from the King of France. Hearing thatHelenais dead, Bertram returns to Rousillon, where his mother and the old Lord, Lafeu, also believe the story.

Lafeu arranges a match between his daughter and Bertram, who prepares to give to her the ring fromHelena. The King recognizes it and orders Bertram’s arrest. Diana, newly arrived, accuses Bertram of seducing her; when he denies it, the King orders her to prison as well, but her mother, the widow, produces “bail”, Helena herself, who is to have Bertram’s child. “All yet seems well,” say the King comfortably, “and if it end so meet/The bitter past, more welcome is the sweet.”

-The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays by J C Trewin

Performance days and times:
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 6:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices:
Seating areas: Main Floor Seats, Box Seats (on floor) and Balcony Seats

Regular Ticket Prices:
Thursday night:
All regular (non-preview) Thursday shows are $20 for adults and $15 for students

Friday night:
Main: $32
Box: $26
Balcony: $22

Saturday night:
Main: $36
Box: $30
Balcony: $24

Sunday night:
Main: $28
Box: $22
Balcony: $15

An 8% sales tax is added on top of all purchases made at The Shakespeare Tavern.

Discount Ticket Options: $15 for Previews (unless otherwise noted);.
Student/Educator prices: $5 off per price level per night except in the Balcony on Thursdays and Sundays.
Not valid on Saturday nights.

$14 for 10am matinees.
$3 off for Military, Seniors, Groups of 10 or more, except in the Balcony on Sundays.
Promotional discount offers are not valid closing weekend of a performance.

Purchase Tickets Online for most performances at http://www.shakespearetavern.com/

For information on:

The Shakespeare Club Program and Flex Pass: call or email The Tavern Box Office at 404.874.5299 or boxoffice@shakespearetavern.com or visit our website at http://www.shakespearetavern.com/

Education Programs and Workshops: call or email Laura Cole, Education Director at 404-874-5299, X58 or laura@shakespearetavern.com

Volunteer Opportunities: call or email Suzanne Mercer, Volunteer Coordinator at 404-874-5299, X59 or suzanne@shakespearetavern.com

Accessibility and The Shakespeare Tavern: The Shakespeare Tavern is handicapped accessible. Please let the box office know if you have any special needs that we should be aware of in order to make your Shakespeare Tavern experience the very best we can. Our handicapped entrance ramp/parking is located directly behind our building. Once you turn onto Renaissance Parkway from Peachtree Street, you will turn right onto Courtland Street. The Tavern’s back entrance will be immediately on your right once you clear the building on the corner and the traffic poles. The turn comes up quickly, so please drive slowly. Handicapped parking is directly in front of the ramp, behind our building.

Location: The New American Shakespeare Tavern is located at 499 Peachtree Street, NE, just four blocks south of The Fox Theater and directly across the street from Emory University Hospital Midtown.

Parking: In the evening, we recommend parking in the Emory University Hospital Midtown Parking Deck located directly across the street from the front doors of The Shakespeare Tavern on Peachtree Street. Regular parking price is $5.

DO NOT park onPine Streetor in the empty parking lots onPine Street. Your car might be booted if you park in these lots.

Food and Beverage Service: The Tavern opens one hour and fifteen minutes before the performance for food and beverage service. Chef for a Night provides a British-pub-style menu for dinner. The Tavern has a beer, wine, coffee, tea, and soft drink bar that serves Bass and Guinness on tap.

Seating and Box Office: Seating is done on a “first come, first served” basis within each designated section. Table seating is limited however all seats can accommodate food and beverages. For reservations or more information, call or email The Tavern Box Office at 404.874.5299 or boxoffice@shakespearetavern.com or order tickets on-line at http://www.shakespearetavern.com/