Shakespeare Festival Features 'The Merry Wives of Windsor'

Shakespeare Festival Features 'The Merry Wives of Windsor'
Elizabeth Triplett as Anne Page and Chris Davis as Slender in the “The Merry Wives of Windsor.”
Peter Wittrock as Falstaff and Carey Upton as Mister Ford.
Adele Cabot as Mistress Ford and Wittrock.

Tickets are on sale for the Southern California Shakespeare Festival, which returns to Cal Poly Pomona this September with The Merry Wives of Windsor.

The show opens Sept. 7 in the Studio Theatre and will continue playing Friday and Saturday nights through Sept. 29.

The mission of the Shakespeare Festival is to establish a classical, professional repertory theatre company, dedicated to nurturing artists, student-artists and enriching the diverse community of the Inland Empire.  

This year's festival will boast the largest company it has had with 11 AEA professional actors and 17 Cal Poly Pomona students participating in the event.

“It really gives students an opportunity to work with professional actors, so not only is it a resume-building experience but it also helps them become better actors,” said festival co-founder Linda Bisesti, an actor and Cal Poly Pomona assistant professor of theatre.

Since the fall of 2004, the festival has also performed staged readings of Romeo and Juliet, Love's Labor's Lost, Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It and The Comedy of Errors. The full production of King John in 2005 played to sold-out houses as did the second season of the highly successful The Winter's Tale.

This year's festival is quickly gaining momentum with the first weekend already near to a sell-out.

“The festival is getting more well know in the community and on campus so we're selling out faster and we've had really wonderful responses from people telling me in the past about how much they enjoyed the festival,” Bisesti said.  

General admission tickets are $15 and $12 for seniors and students with valid I.D. For more information visit