The Winter's Tale

“A fruitful association of Arin Arbus and Theatre for a New Audience has yielded a bright string of cleareyed productions of the classics.” - Ben Brantley, NY Times

March 13 – April 15, 2018


A Tragicomedy by William Shakespeare
Directed by Arin Arbus

Arin Arbus’ (OBIE, The Skin of Our Teeth) productions of Shakespeare for TFANA include Othello and, most recently, King Lear. What for Shakespeare is possible after Lear? Ms. Arbus and a brilliant company of artists explore this in The Winter’s Tale, which Shakespeare wrote after his great tragedies.  Leontes, a jealous king, accuses Hermione, his Queen, of infidelity. But unlike Othello, which ends in tragic deaths, in The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare invented a new form — half-tragedy, half-comedy, its two parts divided by sixteen years. There is metamorphosis. Spring follows winter; comedy follows tragedy; there’s a ferocious bear, song, dance and then a miracle: a statue comes alive. The Winter’s Tale explores if there can be forgiveness for terrible crimes? Can a shattered marriage and family be healed? Can there be redemption? Only Shakespeare could make a story as fantastically eventful into cohesive, soul-stirring drama.


Join us for our free post-show conversations with artists and scholars that will take place after the
Saturday matinee performances on March 31 and April 07. 
Join us for a party after the evening performance on Sunday, March 18.
Every ticket purchased to that evening performance includes a drink ticket for use at the party.

First Rehearsal:

THE WINTER'S TALE First Rehearsal


Arin Arbus, Director:

Riccardo Hernandez, Set Designer:

Justin Ellington, Composer:

Marcus Doshi, Lighting Designer:

This production is sponsored by 
Student matinee performances of The Winter’s Tale are supported in part by Shakespeare in American Communities: National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
Endowment funds for the production are provided by The Howard Gilman Foundation Fund for Classic Drama.