The Winter’s Tale at The Shakespeare Tavern

The New American Shakespeare Tavern

Laura Cole, Jeff McKerley. Photo by Jeff Watkins

The Atlanta Shakespeare Company at The New American Shakespeare Tavern presents The Winter’s Tale.

The Winter’s Tale

$15 General Admission Preview March 5

$20 General Admission Preview March 6

Performances March 7-22, 2015

Directed by Artistic Director Jeff Watkins


“I have drunk and seen the spider.” As winter sets in, The Tavern is proud

to bring this rarely produced play to our stage. Watch as a man’s unfounded

jealousy loses him his wife, children and best friend. Yet, in this

mellowest and least cynical of the mature Shakespearean masterpieces, love,

Arcadian innocence and magic are triumphant in the end.

Join the cast and crew members for a lively Question and Answer session on Sunday March 15 after the show! A part of The Shakespeare Evolution Series: The Romances

Leontes, King of Sicillia – Jeff McKerley*

Mamillus, young Prince of Sicillia – Hayley Platt

Camillo, Lord of Sicillia – Doug Kaye*

Antigonus, Lord of Sicillia – Andrew Houchins*

Cleomines, Lord of Sicillia – Mary Ruth Ralston

Dion – Adam King

Hermione, Queen to Leontes – Laura Cole

Perdita, Daughter to Leontes and Hermione – Hayley Platt

Paulina, wife to Antigonus – Heidi Cline McKerley

Emilia, a Lady- Rivka Levin

Polixenes, King of Bohemia – Troy Willis*

Florizell, Prince of Bohemia – Matt Felten

Old Shepherd, reputed Father of Perdita – J. Tony Brown*

Clowne – Nicholas Faircloth

Paulina’s Stewards – Andrew Houchins*, Matt Nitchie

Paulina’s Lady – Rivka Levin

Chorus – Doug Kaye*

Autolicus, a Rogue – Matt Nitchie

Archidamus, a Lord of Bohemia – J. Tony Brown*

Jailer J. Tony Brown*

Mops – Anna Fontaine

Dorcus – Sarah Beth Mosley

Satyr Dancers – Jeff McKerley*, Laura Cole, Nicholas Faircloth, Adam King, Anna Fontaine, Sarah Beth Mosley, Andrew Houchins*, Paul Hester*

Shepherd & Shepherdess Dancers – Nicholas Faircloth, Hayley Platt, Matt Felten, Anna Fontaine, Sarah Beth Mosley, Paul Hester*

Bear – Nicholas Faircloth

Mariner – J. Tony Brown

The Winter’s Tale

Leontes, King of Sicilia, grows so wildly and unreasonable jealous of Polixenes, King of Bohemia, for nine months a visitor at his court, that he believes his wife Hermione has been unfaithful and that her unborn child is not his own. Through Camillo, a Sicilian lord, he seeks to poison his guest, but Camillo warns Polixenes and they depart at once for Bohemia.

Leontes orders his wife to be imprisoned and their elder child Mamillius removed from her. In prison she gives birth to a daughter; when Paulina brings the babe to Leontes, hoping to soothe him, he commands her husband Antigonus to abandon the “bastard by Polixenes” in some desert place.

At the trial of Hermione a message from the Delphic oracle declares the Queen’s innocence; Leontes, refusing to credit it, hears immediately of the death of young Mamillius. Hermione faints and is carried out; presently Paulina tells Leontes that his Queen is dead and he vows life-long mourning. Antigonus, meantime, has left the babe on the Bohemian shore, with the name he gives her (Perdita) and gold in a bundle. Then he vanishes forever. A shepherd and his son find the child.

Sixteen years pass. In Bohemia Florizel, the King’s son, is in love with Perdita, brought up as a shepherdess. At a sheep-shearing feast a disguised Polixenes (with Camillo) reveals himself, threatening to disinherit his son and to put Perdita to death if they do not leave each other. Camillo advices them to go to Leontes in Sicilia, but he also tells Polixenes, hoping there may be a reconciliation.

All (including Shepherd and Clown, with their proofs of Perdita’s discovery) leave, variously, for Sicilia, where Leontes and Polixenes are reconciled; so is Polixenes to Florizel and Perdita. They go to Paulina’s chapel to see a remarkable “statue” of Hermione; kissing it, Leontes finds that, after the gulf of years, his wife – long cared for by Paulina – is still alive.

Performance days & times: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM, and Sundays at 6:30 PM. 10 AM most Tuesday and Wednesdays.

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

Regular Ticket Prices:

Thurs 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.

Not valid on Saturday nights.

$14 for 10am matinees.

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

Purchase Tickets Online for most performances at

For information on:

The Shakespeare Club Program and Flex Pass: call or email The Tavern Box Office at 404.874.5299 or or visit our website at

Education Programs and Workshops: call or email Laura Cole, Education Director at 404-874-5299, X58 or

Volunteer Opportunities: call or email Suzanne Mercer, Volunteer Coordinator at 404-874-5299, X59 or

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 on Pine Street or in the empty parking lots on Pine 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 or order tickets on-line at

The Shakespeare Tavern is a registered 501 ( C ) 3 non-profit organization and is a member of The Actor’s Equity Association, the professional union of actors and stage managers.