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A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Director: Kathleen McKinley

Written by: William Shakespeare

Dates: Oct. 30 - Nov. 1 and Nov. 3 - 7, 2015

Location: Dennis and Cheryl Woods Theatre

Press Release

A review of A Midsummer Night's Dream (Fresno Bee)

A preview of A Midsummer Night's Dream (Fresno Bee)

A Photo Gallery of Rehearsals (Fresno Bee)

Cast list

About the production:
Sorcery, explosive passion, infatuation, and shape-shifting dive into lust, romance and marriage in this modern re-telling of Shakespeare’s popular comedy.

Suitability:
The double entendre of Shakespeare's comedies lends itself to bouts of mild sexual humor. In addition, mood effects will include haze (water-based) and strobe lighting to capture the mood of enchanted forest.

Production Synopsis:
With a royal wedding near, four lovers flee into a dark, eerie forest. There they become pawns in the impassioned battle between Oberon and Titania, the king and queen of the supernatural fairies who are led by Puck. What ensues is sorcery, explosive passion, dance, fickle infatuation, shape-shifting and madcap antics which provide a magical, and often humorous, exploration of romance, lust and marriage.

Production Concept:
"A Midsummer Night’s Dream" captures a single, fantastical night in an enchanted forest, where unearthly forces toy with love and its many complications. Shakespeare reminds us that love makes everyone insane. Love bewitches. Love makes us fools. Love is the most potent of magic. We become our best, and sometimes our worst, selves when love arrives. Throw in a shadowy, enchanted forest, tormenting undead creatures and irresistible magic spells, and the love, lust and lunacy magnifies lovers into a frenzy.

Promotions:

  • Trick Or Treat Weekend (October 30 - November 1): All patrons who arrive in costume will be able to Trick Or Treat during intermission.
  • Best Costume (October 31): On Halloween night, the best costume (as judged by House Management Staff) will receive TWO FREE TICKETS to our next production at University Theatre (Really Really, Dec. 4-12).

    (NOTE - Costume restrictions: No weapons. No masks. Also, headwear should be removable, or not restrict the view of patrons during the performances.)

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