Taylar Brown is stage managing this summer’s production of The Merry Wives of Windsor opening July 19 at the Laguna Hills Community Center.
What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?
The challenging part about bringing this particular rendition of The Merry Wives of Windsor to life is probably finding the way to bring classic Shakespeare and sitcoms/references from the 1990s and merge them together. This is a challenge that I tackle happily though because I thoroughly enjoy the 90s. This show also presents something new for me beyond the merging of two very different eras—this time, I am not an actor in the show, but the stage manager. I am already enjoying this role and looking forward to seeing and participating in the development of the show.
What’s going to surprise people about this show?
I think something that will surprise people are the additions we plan on making to the script. I know a few people who say you can’t change Shakespeare, but they’ll change their minds when they see our twist. These actors are wonderful and have great ideas for their characters. Add in the set design our director, Aurora Culver, has in mind and the 90s elements we are incorporating, people are going to enjoy the story and the nostalgia this will ultimately invoke.
Call someone out by name: who must come see this production?
I think everyone who is a fan of sitcoms should come see this, especially my mom.
When did you first get involved with theater?
I have always had an interest in theater. I didn’t get the opportunity to actively participate in it until my sophomore year in high school—I was so excited that I memorized the entire script, and I wasn’t even in it enough to justify that. From sophomore year until senior year, I was in a total of five productions. My most recent experience on stage was in March of this year when I participated in Plays in a Day at Long Beach Playhouse—an exciting and exhausting day!
Besides this one, what’s your favorite stage show?
It’s so difficult to choose favorite shows because I love so many, but if I have to pick it would be Beyond Therapy by Christopher Durang. It’s twisted, ridiculous, and just so funny. Prudence is my dream role and I would love to be able to do that next.
What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon look like?
A perfect Sunday afternoon would involve getting to spend it with my best friends, goofing off or adventuring somewhere. I’d unwind later with my dog and reading with a cup of coffee.
BIO: Taylar Brown, Stage Manager
Taylar is a California native who has always had a passion for anything creative. She loves her friends, animals, and coffee. When she isn’t working, she’s likely reading (novel, comic book, script, anything) or maybe even writing if inspiration strikes. Recently, she cannot stop taking pictures and playing with photo editing. She is incredibly excited to be a part of this production and learning a new position within the theater world.
“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.