[at the barn of the Winedale History Center, 3738 FM 2714, near Round Top, Texas - click for map]
All's Well That Ends Well
by William Shakespeare
April 23 at the University of Texas; April 26-27 at the Winedale barn
The Shakespeare at Winedale Spring Class will give two performances of All’s Well That Ends Well at the Winedale Theatre Barn on April 26th and 27th at 7:00. These performances are the culmination of a semester of coursework focusing on ‘Shakespeare’s Problem Plays in Performance.’ Tickets are $10; $5 for UT ID-holders and students. Tickets are available at www.shakespeare-winedale.org or by calling (512) 471-4726.
‘Tis not the many oaths that makes the truth, But the plain single vow that is vow’d true. – IV.ii
All’s Well That Ends Well is an adult fairy tale that follows the low-born Helena’s arduous journey to win the love of the haughty Count Bertram. Unrequited love, reversed gender roles, aristocratic pride, and wartime lies arise on the journey, presented to the audience with a thorny mixture of romantic optimism and real-world pessimism.
“This is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays, and one far too few people have read or seen,” said Shakespeare at Winedale Director and Regents Professor, James Loehlin. “It feels very contemporary in the way it mixes drama and comedy, and in its resourceful but vulnerable heroine, Helena. One of the characters says that 'the web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together,' and I think that sums up the outlook of this very funny but bittersweet comedy.”
Shakespeare at Winedale is a program within the University of Texas English Department that invites students from all disciplines to learn about Shakespeare through the experience of performing his works. Since 1970, hundreds of students have performed Shakespeare’s immortal words in the Winedale Theatre Barn, using textual interpretation, creativity, and passion to bring the plays to life.
The students of the Spring Class come together to explore several plays throughout the UT spring semester. The course includes three weekends at the Winedale Historical Center, where students immerse themselves in the study of Shakespeare surrounded by the beauty of the Texas countryside. Their coursework culminates in a final presentation of their studies: two performances in the Winedale Theatre Barn.