Overview

Shakespeare’s luxurious tale of fairies, dreams, and moonlight, this popular comedy gets a new and exciting look when set in the art deco world of the Jazz Age. It is still true that “the course of true love never did run smooth,” and when the feuding king and queen of the fairies interfere in the couplings of mortals, the result is pure pandemonium and magical mayhem.

CONTENT ADVISORY


ARTISTIC STAFF

Director — Kirsten Brandt
Scenic Designer — Jason Lajka
Costume Designer — Brenda Van Der Wiel
Lighting Designer — Kirk Bookman
Sound Designer/Music Score — Barry G. Funderburg
Dramaturg — Lezlie C. Cross
Voice and Text Coach — Philip Thompson
Movement and Fight Choreographer — Robert Westley
Stage Manager — Terence Orleans Alexander*

Scene: Athens and a wood near it
There will be one intermission.

CAST

Theseus, duke of Athens — J. Todd Adams*
Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons — Melinda Parrett*
Lysander — Riley Shanahan
Demetrius — Marco Antonio Vega
Hermia — Kaitlin Margaret Mills
Helena — Cassandra Bissell*
Egeus, Hermia’s father — Paul Michael Sandberg
Philostrate, an official in Theseus’s court — Kelly Rogers
Oberon, king of the fairies — J. Todd Adams*
Puck, or Robin Goodfellow — Kelly Rogers
Titania, queen of the fairies — Melinda Parrett*
Changling Child — Joanna Howe, Jane Stavros
First Fairy — Madison Kisst
Peasblossom, a fairy — Eric Schabla
Cobweb, a fairy — Taylor Harris
Moth, a fairy — Melissa Graves
Mustardseed, a fairy — Andrew May*
Peter Quince, a carpenter, presenting Prologue — Andrew May*
Nick Bottom, a weaver, presenting Pyramus — James Newcomb*
Francis Flute, a bellows-mender, presenting Thisbe — Eric Schabla
Jane Snout, a tinker, presenting Wall — Melissa Graves
Snug, a joiner, presenting Lion — Taylor Harris
Robin Starveling, a tailor, presenting Moonshine — Madison Kisst
Starveling’s Dog — Ella                                                                                             

UNDERSTUDIES               

Theseus/Oberon—Blake Price, Fred Geyer; Hippolyta/Titania—Melissa Graves; Lysander—Devin H. Anderson†; Demetrius—Trent Dahlin; Hermia—Dana Cullinane; Helena—Carly Ann Salway†; Egeus/Mustardseed/Peter Quince/Cobweb/Snug/Nick Bottom —Michael A. Harding; Philostrate/Puck—Madison Kisst; First Fairy/Moth/Jane Snout/Robin Starveling—Caroline Kane; Peasblossom/Francis Flute—Trent Dahlin, Fred Geyer
Understudies never substitute for listed players unless an announcement is made prior to the performance.

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

†Appearing courtesy of the Southern Utah University Fellowship Program.

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The director and fight choreographer are members of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union.

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The scenic, lighting, and sound designers are represented by the United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 of the IATSE.

Videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.

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J. Todd Adams (left) as Oberon, Jane Stavros as Changling Child, and Melinda Parrett as Titania

Play Details

Dates
July 4 – October 21, 2017

Venue
Randall L. Jones Theatre

Author
By William Shakespeare

Director
Kirsten Brandt

Learn More
Study Guide
Synopsis
Characters

Content Advisory
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a Shakespearean comedy of imagination, fairies, and love and includes playful and suggestive jests between three loving couples (including the king and queen of the fairies). It includes Shakespeare’s usual puns and innuendo, but is suitable for all audiences.

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