“Lord, what fools these mortals be!” UNCW Theatre Presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
The University of North Carolina Wilmington Department of Theatre continues its 2012-13 season with William Shakespeare’s famous comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Feb. 14-17 and 21-24. Shakespeare’s classic pastoral world of romantic comedy is re-imagined for the observational technologies of the 21st century with a lush pop-tinged soundscape, film fantasies, and dazzling dance and movement. After this re-visioning by director and theater chair Andy Belser, falling in love will never look the same again.
In this classic tale, star-crossed lovers defy their domineering parents by escaping to a conveniently located magic forest where the king and queen of the fairies need marital therapy, a love potion leads to interspecies romance, and a band of actors stage the funniest tragedy you’ve ever seen. It all ends with happy marriages (at least everyone has a good time at the weddings), but only after a mischievous sprite sets all the foolish humans aright.
This will be the first Shakespearean work presented on the UNCW stage since 2008. A Midsummer Night’s Dream has spoken to different eras and societies on the nature of romantic love. UNCW Theatre’s resident dramaturg, Charles Grimes, notes, “This production of Shakespeare's classic asks questions about love in our Internet- and media-saturated society. Given all these new ways to present real and virtual selves, what are the metaphors and stories we use to explain our need for romantic love?”
UNCW’s production features collaboration with several guest professionals. Set and lighting designs are by Randy Ward and John Ambrosone respectively. Ward and Ambrosone are the heads of the Departments of Graduate Design and Lighting at Virginia Tech, as well as founding members of The Gravity Project alongside department chair Andy Belser. Additionally, guest choreographer Karola Lüttringhaus, Artistic Director of Alban Elved Dance Company, lends her movement aesthetic to this innovative take on Shakespeare’s classic.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream contains some content that may not be appropriate for all audiences.
Shows will run at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Feb. 14-17 and 21-24 in the Mainstage Theatre in the Cultural Arts Building. Tickets are $12 for members of the general public, $10 for seniors and UNCW employees, and $5 for students. They are available at the Kenan Box Office on campus, by calling 910.962.3500, or on online at www.uncw.edu/arts/box-office.html.
A complete schedule for this show and details about the rest of the season can be found at www.uncw.edu/theatre.
Other 2012-13 Department of Theatre Productions include:
- Student Lab Series – March 21-24 – SRO Theatre
- PROM, launching the Professional Partner Series with Whit MacLaughlin in March/April residence – April 11-14 & 18-21 – Mainstage Theatre
- Nearly Lear, launching the Solo Genius Series with a solo piece that premiered on Broadway in 2011 by Susanna Hamnett- April 25 &26 – Mainstage Theatre