Merry Wives of Windsor
We begin this merry abridgement with one of Shakespeare's favorite fat knights, Sir John Falstaff, who announces his intention to woo both Mistress Ford and Mistress Page simultaneously, to the delight of his cohorts Bardolph, Pistol, and Nym, who then decide to double-cross Falstaff.
The characters' movements on stage are clearly denoted so that even inexperienced actors can give the scenes life. Robin is nearsighted, Bardolph is a drunk who tries to juggle, and Pistol and Nym are constantly jostling for position.
Other key moments include the hilarious wooing of Mistress Ford by Falstaff and the hysterical concealment of Falstaff in the laundry basket. It ends in the woods with Falstaff dressed as a stag, being tormented by fairies for his comeuppance.
The edition includes a preface by Nick Newlin, containing helpful advice on how to put on a Shakespeare performance in a high school class with novice actors, as well as an appendix with suggestions for the specific play and recommendations for further resources.
Nick Newlin, 2010, Paperback, 64 Pages. ISBN: 978-1-935550-05-1.