Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) will end its 2014-2015 season with the Shakespeare classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre between April 23rd and May 3rdd. The comedy of mistaken love and magic is sure to delight audiences. For tickets and information, call 860-486-2113 and visit www.crt.uconn.edu.
The play, written by William Shakespeare in the 1500s, has been performed around the world and across various cultures. With three different plot lines intertwining (the world of Athens, the Fairy world, and the Lover’s world) the chaos that ensues inspires laughter and mischief alike. The production is directed by Dale AJ Rose, Associate Artistic Director at CRT and the Director of Performance Studies at UConn.
A comedy of mistaken identity and love, A Midsummer Night’s Dream provides a magical exploration of love, lust, and marriage. With fairies, magic spells, and people transforming into animals, Shakespeare takes us through the chaotic twists and turns only to illustrate just how otherworldly love can be.
With the marriage of the Duke of Athens looming, four lovers find themselves escaping the strict rules of Athenian society by running into the forest. Upon arrival, however, the quarrel between the fairy king Oberon and the fairy queen Titania escalates and drags the lovers into the feud, thanks to the mistake of the sprite Puck. All the while. a group of crude Athenian mechanicals, rehearsing a play for the King’s wedding feast, also find themselves wrapped into the turmoil. It’s comic anarchy in the forest. The only way for anyone to find the love and peace they’re all looking for is to untangle from the confusion before it’s too late.
Director Dale A.J. Rose said “A Midsummer Night’s Dream is Shakespeare’s most popular comedy. It is populated by three distinct worlds; The Gentry, The Working Class and the Fairy Kingdom. How these worlds collide and thus transform all the inhabitants of the play is the source of its delight. Working with a terrific design and technical team along with a strong cast of actors, we are in the process of creating a magical evening of theatre. I believe this production will be a wonderful way to close out the 2014-15 CRT Season.”
Box Office Location: Please note that the CRT box office is now housed in the Nafe Katter Theatre, located at 820 Bolton Road. There is short term parking on Bolton Road, in the loading zone directly in front of the theatre. CRT tickets can no longer be purchased at the Jorgensen box office. CRT’s box office is openMonday–Friday, noon to 5 p.m., and will also be open one hour prior to show time at the theatre where the performance is taking place.
Weeknight evening performances start at 7:30 p.m. Weekend evening performances start at 8 p.m.Matinee performances start at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices range from $7 – $30.