Summer is on its way and so is Strangeloop Theatre’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Strangeloop company member Holly Robison. This intimate approach to William Shakespeare’s classic tale of love, magic and fairies features promenade-style staging, in which audience members move and sit amongst the action of the play with no formal differentiation between stage and seating.
Strangeloop’s production takes place in the
1940s – a time period that shares with the ancient Athens of
Shakespeare’s original setting political turmoil, war and the subduing
of monstrous beasts (literal in one case, figurative in the other). But
despite the unrest of the outside world, love still finds a place to
bloom during this, the shortest night of the year.
The cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
is: Mary-Kate Arnold (Helena), Maria Burnham (Quince), Letitia Guillaud
(Hermia), Caitlin Jackson (Hippolyta/Titania), Tim Larson (Demetrius),
Miona Lee (Cobweb/Snug), Naomi Lindh (Peaseblossom/Flute), Ken Miller
(Lysander), Kitty Mortland (Egeus), Julia Rigby (Puck), Michael Wagman
(Bottom) and Geoff Zimmerman (Theseus/Oberon).
The production team includes: Lauren Angel-Nichols (set designer), Maria
Burnham (marketing), Carrie Campana (costume designer), Keith Gatchel
(sound designer), Brad Gunter (production manager), Jaclyn Jensen
(audience development), Lisa Uhlig (stage manager) Eric Van Tassell
(lighting designer) and Mike Wozniak (graphic designer).
A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs April 24 through May 25 at the side project theatre (1439 W. Jarvis Ave.) in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood, at 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on
Sundays. Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets and are $18
for general admission. Discounts are available for seniors and students.
Limited reserved seating will be available for those with disabilities.