On Wednesday, Sep. 27, the Kim Ziegel Memorial Shakespeare Series at Cincinnati State will begin with a performance by The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company of "The Merry Wives of Windsor."
The performance starts at 1 p.m in the ATLC Auditorium (Clifton Campus). The play lasts about 2 hours, and will be followed by a brief Q&A session with the performers.
Admission is free for all Cincinnati State students and employees. There are no reserved seats; it's first-come, first-seated until the Auditorium is filled.
In the morning on Sep. 27, a “closed” performance will be held for 200 invited high school students from Cincinnati Public Schools' Virtual HS, Monroe HS (Monroe, OH), Newport Central Catholic HS (Newport, KY), and Lloyd Memorial HS (Erlanger, KY).
"The Merry Wives of Windsor" is a comedy that features the character Sir John Falstaff, who also appears in other Shakespearian plays. In "Merry Wives," the poverty-striken knight Falstaff tries to woo two weathy women at the same time. The themes of this comedy include timeless topics like love, marriage, jealousy, and revenge.
The Shakespeare Series at Cincinnati State was developed by Humanities & Sciences Dean Geoffrey Woolf, who started working on this project several months ago, as a faculty member.
The Series includes three plays. The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will return to campus Nov. 16 for performances of "Macbeth" and Feb. 7 for "Romeo and Juliet."
A different group of high school students will be invited to each free morning performance, followed by a free afternoon performance for the College community.
The Shakespeare Series is funded with assistance from nearly 30 donors who contributed to the Cincinnati State Foundation to support the project.
The Series logo and posters were designed by Cincinnati State Graphic Design students, directed by Graphic Design program chair Jason Caudill.
The Series is named in honor of Kim Ziegel, who taught Sociology, English Composition, and Literature courses at Cincinnati State from 1994 until his retirement in 2009.
Geoff said, "Kim was a true renaissance man, and a pure student of the arts and humanities. He was also an accomplished bird-watcher, photographer, and lover of literature."
"Kim was one of those guys who could quote lengthy passages of Shakespeare to suit every occasion, and finished each recitation by humbly saying, 'I probably got that all wrong.' But Kim never got it wrong."
Geoff added, "Kim was a beloved mentor to young faculty and administrators who are still working at the College today, but his true strength and passion were the classroom."
"He is one of the most brilliant and sensitive instructors Cincinnati State ever had, and I'm gratified that so many of Kim's friends and colleagues have remembered and recognized him by helping to make the Shakespeare Series possible."