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A Look Back at our 1996 Season:

We opened our season in June with:

George & Ira Gershwin: Of Thee I Sing

Photographs from the show!

July 10-28:

William Shakespeare: The Merry Wives of Windsor

July 15 & 16:

An evening of Gilbert & Sullivan

August 20, 26 & 27:

Project Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream

August 7-September 1:

Stephen Sondheim: Into the Woods

Dear Friends,

In this election year while America focuses on the excitement and drama of the political and Olympic stages, we invited our audience to turn its focus to the Publick's stage where we will celebrate what makes America great--its lovers, dreamers, scoundrels and heroes.

We kicked of the season in a capital way with the Pulitzer prize winning musical Of Thee I Sing, a whimsical and satirical look at the "men in power" and the women who put them there. This political musical romance features the rousing music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin.

Next came Shakespeare's classic comedy, The Merry Wives of Windsor, takes center stage dishing up a comic collision between lovers and scoundrels of the aristocratic society and the simple country folk of Windsor.

For our Gilbert & Sullivan fans, in July we offered An Evening of Gilbert & Sullivan featuring musical selections from all of their works.

We closed our season with Stephen Sondheim's Tony award winning musical fairy tale, Into the Woods. An enchanting and emotionally moving musical, Into the Woods explores our heroes of "Once Upon A Time" and tells what happens after the "happily ever after."

Plus, Project Shakespeare's young company delighted audiences with a magical performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

If theatre holds a mirror to life, then the Publick Theatre's 1996 Summer Season is a compelling reflection of our world not to be miss. Subscribe now and join our talented company under the stars at The Publick Theatre.

Very truly yours,

Spiro Veloudos Deborah Schoenberg
Artistic Director Executive Director

We're sorry if you missed:

Of Thee I Sing!

Music by George Gershwin

Book by George S. Kaufman & Morrie Ryskind

Directed by Spiro Veloudos, Musical Direction by Jonathan Goldberg

June 5 - 30

Presidential politics punch a satirical slap across the face of the status quo in this joyful jaunt on Capitol Hill.
What is the newly elected President Wintergreen to do about filling his most important appointment, namely that of the First Lady? And does he follow the dictates of his heart, of those of the Supreme Court? Washington D.C. comes alive on the Publick stage in this classic musical opener for our 1996 season, featuring Love is Sweeping the Country and the title song, Of Thee I Sing.

The Merry Wives of Windsor

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Spiro Veloudos

July 10 - 28

The Merry Wives of Windsor is a classic comedy collision between the aristocratic society and the simple country folk of Windsor. Join one of Shakespeare's most loveable characters, Sir John Falstaff as he plots to seduce and defraud the high-spirited wives of two wealthy businessmen in order to repair his impoverished fortunes. Merry Wives is a rollicking farce complete with rival suitors, jealous husbands, clever wives, hiding lovers.

An Evening of Gilbert and Sullivan

Directed by Bob Jolly

Monday and Tuesday, July 15 & 16 at 8 pm

(Rain dates July 16 & 22)

Join us for our fund raiser celebrating our 26th summer season! Musical selections from the entire G & S repertoire will be featured sung by some of your favorite Publick performers. A special treat for the entire family!

$20 for subscribers, $25 at the door. $10 youth tickets in advance or at the door.

Project Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Deborah Schoenberg

August 20, 26 & 27

In one of Shakespeare's most beloved plays, the romantic quartet of Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius and Helena become entangled in the magical world of the King and Queen of the Fairies, Oberon and Titania, and the human world of the "mechanicals" a troupe of amateur actors headed by the exuberant Bottom. Romance ultimately triumphs as the supernatural world merges with the natural world in blessing the course of true love.

Into the Woods

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Written by James Lapine

Directed by Spiro Veloudos

August 7 - September 1

Once upon a time, popular fairy-tale characters such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, the Baker and his Wife, a Witch and a Prince or two, join for a musical adventure seeking their dreams and hopes for the future "Into the Woods".

This Tony-Award-winning musical deals with growing up, relationships between parents and children, with responsibility and morality and wish-fulfillment. And even though there isn't a "happily ever after" ending, Into the Woods is an affirmation of faith in mankind and a reminder that even when things look blackest, "no one is alone."

That Was Then--
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