Merry Wives Free Screening

June 13, 2022

Pascale Armand and Susan Kelechi Watson in “Great Performances: Merry Wives.” Photo by Joe Sinnott.

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Free Screening: Merry Wives

Friday, June 17 at 8:30 p.m.

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Have a merry start to the Juneteenth holiday weekend in New York City! Join THIRTEEN on on the roof at Hansborough Recreation Center in Harlem for a screening of Great Performances: Merry Wives, Shakespeare’s comedic masterpiece from the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park. Set in South Harlem, the play tells the story of the trickster Falstaff and the wily wives who outwit him in a celebration of Black joy, laughter and vitality. It stars Jacob Ming-Trent as Falstaff, Pascale Armand as Madam Ekua Page and Susan Kelechi Watson as Madam Nkechi Ford.

The production is an adaptation by Jocelyn Bioh and directed by Saheem Ali, The Public’s Associate Artistic Director. Ali also directs the Public Theater’s current Shakespeare adaptation on stage, the hit Fat Ham, by James Ijames and a co-production with National Black Theatre.

A movie screen is set up on city rooftop. People can be seen on blankets and folding chairs.

Screening on the roof of NYC Parks Hansborough Recreation Center on W 134th Street.


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