A 'Merry' Good Time
Published: May 23, 2013
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Jealousy, trust, mistaken identities and a possible love triangle. No, it's not an episode of the "Real Housewives of New Jersey;" rather, it's this year's performance of "Shakespeare in the Park," presented by Ghostlight Productions.
"The Merry Wives of Windsor" is the company's choice for this year's open-air interpretation of Shakespeare with a few modern twists. Director Jeremy Kemmerer explained that this year's show naturally lent itself to the present day.
"This story was written hundreds of years ago, but the story and characters are very modern," he said. "Their struggles, their humor, their frustrations, their paranoia and their jealousy are all emotions that every person today can share."
Kemmerer's vision of "The Merry Wives of Windsor" takes place in Windsor Heights, Brooklyn and follows two women, Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Page.
"Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Page aren't just submissive women, staying at home while the world around them goes by," Kemmerer said. "They are sophisticated, funny, intelligent and sometimes scheming. The story could be considered quite scandalous in a way, although in the end, it really teaches a moral lesson about faithfulness and trust."
For more information on Ghostlight Productions, including Shakespeare in the Park and other events, visit www.ghostlightproductions.org.