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English Language Arts: Merry Wives – Great Performances

Experience Shakespeare’s comedic masterpiece from The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park in this collection of resources from Great Performances: Merry Wives. Set in South Harlem where immigrants of the West African diaspora are living side-by-side with their African American neighbors, 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. Resources include an overview of the play, strategies for teaching Shakespeare through adaptations, and a rich exploration of language, gender, and representation.