Dear friends, alumni, and supporters,
Scholars surmise that A Midsummer Night’s Dream was probably commissioned for a noble wedding, where it was first performed with Queen Elizabeth I herself the guest of honor. Considered to be Shakespeare’s earliest masterwork, Midsummer is a play of overwhelming originality and power, with an elaborate plot and a dramatic interweaving of characters. “So musical a discord, such sweet thunder,” aptly describes the play’s many dichotomies; the world of Athens and the forest environs, the three pairs of human lovers and the fairies Oberon and Titania, the quintessential Everyman, Bottom, and his antithesis, Puck, the timeless debate about whose “dream” is being enacted? Shakespeare’s extraordinary poetry, his expansive and eclectic perspective, and his broad inclusiveness create a work of comic extravagance, celebrating the wonderful nonsense of love in every era. Under the direction of Professor Augustine Ripa, this production has been a magical experience for the team of students and staff involved in mounting it -- and is likely to charm audiences as well, “as imagination bodies forth the form of things unknown.”
Please join us for this stunning and lush production!
Tickets FREE for LU students!