The “20th Anniversary Season Preview Party” of the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival coincided with the final dress rehearsal of The Merry Wives of Windsor. Guests were in awe at the beautiful period costumes designed by Kirche Zeile featured in the play.

Tulane’s Lupin Theatre lobby was adorned with Elizabethan-themed floral arrangements provided by Meade Wenzel. Joel’s Cuisine catered with light fare consisting of assorted artisanal cheeses, charcuterie and gourmet mini muffulettas.

Silent auction items at the event featured a two-night getaway at the Windsor Court Hotel.

Guests were able to enjoy this final dress rehearsal as well as the party, which continued after the play with champagne and desserts. The 20th Anniversary Season of the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival that concluded in mid-August included The Merry Wives of Windsor, Romeo and Juliet, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) and The Taming of the Shrew. 

The season was dedicated to the memories of Buzz Podewell and Paul Schierhorn, both founding members of the Tulane Summer Shakespeare Festival. All proceeds benefitted The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, which has made quality productions accessible to the New Orleans community possible for many years.  It has also brought Shakespeare to public and private schools through its Shakespeare on the Road program.


Event at a Glance

What: “20th Anniversary Season Preview Party,” benefiting New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane
When: Wednesday, June 12
Where: Lupin Theatre at Tulane University