WINTHROP – The Theater at Monmouth’s production of “The Merry Wives of Windsor” will premiere at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 14, at the Winthrop High School Performing Arts Center.

This production is part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Shakespeare in American Communities: Shakespeare for a New Generation program.

Theater at Monmouth favorite Bill Van Horn has created this adaptation and is the director. Set in Brooklyn in the 1950s, on the edge of Coney Island, this production of “The Merry Wives of Windsor” includes doo-wop music, great recognizable characters and icons, and even a game of stickball.

Monmouth regulars Dennis Price as Sir John Falstaff and Jeri Pitcher as Mistress Ford will be joined by Dustin Tucker (who played Arlecchino in last summer’s production of “The Liar”) as Master Ford.

The Jan. 14 premiere is the first of three performances scheduled at that performing arts center.

It will be also be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. Seating is first-come, first-served. Tickets are on sale at Apple Valley Books in Winthrop, the Winthrop branch of Kennebec Savings Bank and at The Theater at Monmouth box office, (207) 933-9999.

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