Shakespeare Comedy to take Music Haven Stage July 26 & 27

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This Friday and Saturday, July 26–27th, Will Kempe’s Players: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” brings Shakespeare to the park. Music Haven is hosting the production, which is free to attend.

Image by Katherine Wright

William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is an early modern exploration of mythological storytelling. This comedy blends the dis/merits of faerie magick and the reveries of human civilization as it follows the wedding day of buskin’d Amazonian Queen, Titania, and her husband-to-be, Theseus, the founder-hero of Athens, during the spring rites of May. The preparations for their auspicious day is interrupted by a complaint from Egeus, a prominent noble of Athens, that his daughter, Hermia, will not follow her father’s plans to have her betrothed to Demetrius, son of noble Nedar.

If unfamiliar to you, the comedy and story line will not be for long, as it will remind you of other comedies in modern American romance. Through mismatched potions, love-blind hijinx, faerie songs, and lots of earnest wandering through the dark forest under the new moon (check the almanac), all aligns in Theseus’ court to celebrate the pageant marriage of lords and ladies, and also the union of the magickal, natural world and that of the world of man.

One of Shakespeare’s earlier plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream has all the trappings of early modern Elizabethan theatre replete with singing, dancing, combat, mysticism, history, and of course – some of the most beautiful storytelling ever written.

The play starts promptly at 7 pm. Our local troop of actors comes to us from Troy, New York. Food and beverage service will be available for purchase.

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