Steven Teats plays “Falstaff” in SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS’ The Merry Wives of Windsor running July 19-August 3 at the Laguna Hills Community Center.
What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?
The real challenge in bringing anything to life is first finding a way to generate 1.21 gigawatts. Then channeling that energy into this lifeless conglomerate of static words, imagery, and metaphors into something that is alive, real, and relevant today. I use a lot of google and even more imagination in an attempt to make tangible what often seems ambiguous and surreal.
How is this character like you? Different?
Physically Falstaff is a very large man. In this production I will be wearing a padded suit to make my self look larger. Two years ago, I was the same size as this character looks now with the suit on. It is very important to me that I retain some of the physicality that I had back when I was that size. It was only a short time ago for me but the first time I put the suit on with the costume I remembered certain challenges that I had forgotten. For comedy’s sake, I will take advantage of my newfound physical mobility at select times. Even at my largest size I could do much of what I am doing now; however, it carried a much higher risk of injury back then. So I was always very careful with every move that I made. I don’t want my performance to be the impersonation of a fat man. I want all of his movements to be real and representational of the experience that I had.
What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
Falstaff spends so much time trying to present a version of himself to everyone he interacts with. It can be difficult to find what he is truly feeling and thinking at times. He is very clear about his goals in the show. He wants money and liquor. But I think he uses those things to buy his way out of loneliness. As long as the alcohol is flowing and the money plentiful, he will have no shortage of men willing to keep his company.
Actor’s Bio: Steven Teats, “Falstaff”
Steven put on 120 lbs as research in preparation for this play; however, due to health concerns he lost the weight and decided to go with a fat suit. He is sure no one has noticed. This is the fourth show he has been apart of for Shakespeare in the Hills, “Toby” in 12th Night, and the Friar in Romeo and Juliet were two of his more notable parts. He also played “King Duncan” in Mac***h, Macccers, the play that must not be named, you know, the Scottish play, but that role was short lived. Thank you Rori, the Laguna Hills Community Center, Katie Kelly, Kaitlyn Smith, Kelli, Kenneth, Kenneth Culver, Taylor, Anthony, Ashley, Chris, Cole, Grace, Jim, Josh, Kristington, Lisa, Makenna, Marcia, Noah, Rhonda, Shelby, The Rembrandts, the guy who works at the community center that pulled all the strings for us to play here at the park, he is an awesome dude, Jennifer Aniston, Mathew Perry, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudro, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, and of course, Jesus, for making all of this possible.
“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 low-lying beach 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.