The Seattle Shakespeare Company is coming to Walla Walla to kick off The Powerhouse Theatre's new Shakespearean digs.
And just to keep things festive, the company will perform one of The Bard's more comical plays, The Merry Wives of Windsor, starting May 19.
The Merry Wives of Windsor is believed to be Shakespeare's only play to deal exclusively with the English middle class during the Elizabethan Era.
The story follows the antics of Sir John Falstaff, who is fat, arrogant and full of himself. He finds himself in hot water when he writes loves letters to two married women, then asks servants to deliver them.
But the servants refuse, so Falstaff cans them for insubordination. In retaliation, the servants tattle to the husbands.
The Powerhouse Theatre once was home to a gas company that fed the city's gas lamps in the late 1800s. In the 20th century, the historic building was taken over by Pacific Power and Light.
The 340 stadium seats are in half-round style and there's a balcony, which means there won't be a bad seat in the house, organizers say.
The Merry Wives of Windsor is one of three plays the Seattle Shakespeare Company will perform in Walla Walla. Macbeth will be Aug. 3-7 and Comedy of Errors will be Aug. 10-14, both at the Fort Walla Walla outdoor amphitheater.
Curtain time for The Merry Wives of Windsor is 7 p.m. May 19-22 with a 2 p.m. matinee May 22. Tickets are $20 to $40, with discounts available for seniors and students.
For tickets to the play or for more information about The Powerhouse Theatre season, visit www.shakespearewallawalla.org.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org