Jim Pack plays “Pistol” in The Merry Wives of Windsor, this year’s SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS‘ production opening Friday, July 19 at the Laguna Hills Community Center.

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Jim kindly told us his thoughts on creating the character of  “Pistol”.

“The biggest challenge I have faced during this production is to somehow relate my character, that trouble making rap scallion ‘Pistol’ of 14th Century Windsor, to a sitcom character of 1990s New York. At the writing of this document the closest character that I can come up with is Louie De Palma from Taxi. Unfortunately, Louie is from the wrong decade. Well, at least he is a New Yorker and a troublemaker.

“Therefore, my quest continues. Pity I have never been a big fan of New York based sitcoms of any era. This despite the fact that in my youth I lived in a hotel three blocks north of the Flatiron Building on 23rd Street and Broadway. The very same Manhattan neighborhood that this particular setting has been transplanted to occur.

“Nevertheless, I love playing this trouble maker ‘Pistol’. He appeals to my ‘bad boy’ side. Other than that, I hope there are no other similarities between us. He is quite a ‘bounder’.”

Jim also gave us a little background on other roles he has played.

“The character I have most enjoyed performing on stage is ‘Mr. Laurence’ from Little Women, the Broadway Musical. Which, by the way, was directed by Aurora Culver herself, as is this production of Merry Wives. And my second most favorite is ‘the Major General’ in The Pirates of Penzance. I loved being him too at the Musical Theatre Village in Irvine. That production was directed by Holly Jones.

“As to my other interests when not acting? I write novels and plays as a hobby. Not a very successful hobby unfortunately. But it keeps me busy between acting gigs. My scribblings can be found on the Booksie.com publishing website. My most recent novel is entitled THE AMATEUR ACTORS OF ORANGE COUNTY. It is available to read free of charge, as are all my other works on the Booksie.com website.”

“O powerful Love, that in some respects makes a beast a man, in some other a man a beast.

This summer, join SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS for one of Shakespeare’s most hilarious comedies, The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Sir John Falstaff and his entourage are wearing out their welcome in Windsor. The city isn’t big enough for his antics and appetites, especially as he sets about improving his financial situation by wooing Mistress Page and Mistress Ford. Meanwhile, Mistress Page’s lovely daughter, Anne, is under romantic siege from several local admirers. Double-meanings, disguises and dirty laundry abound as the men try to get what they want, but it’s the women of Windsor who pull the strings in this story…

Originally set in Shakespeare’s native land and time, this comedy shares traditions with today’s well-loved sitcoms. With its dexterous mingling of verbal and physical humor, we’ve brought it into the era of 90’s television, bringing elements from the show “Friends” and many more!

Bring a blanket or your lawn chair, bring your meal and make it a picnic event for SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS’ outdoor performance presented by On The Edge Theatre Productions.

All performances are held at the Laguna Hills Community Center & Sports Complex’s Gazebo and Town Green, 25555 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA, 92653.
Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at this family event.

Performances @ 7 pm, July 19 & 20th, 26th & 27th, and August 2nd & 3rd. Tickets $10
Age 12 and under free. All participants of age 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are sold (cash only) on the day of the show. You may also purchase your ticket early online (class registration  ). No refunds or transfers for this event.  Call 949-707-2680 for more information.

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