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A Midsummer Night's DreamShakespeare's comic tale of star-crossed lovers, strolling players and magical beings is lovingly re-imagined in an all-new interpretation of A Midsummer Night's Dream, set in present-day New York City. Presented by A.M.L. Entertainment, Inc. and directed by Jacquelyn Honeybourne, the show will be performed at the Milagro Theatre in the Clemente Soto Velez Education and Cultural Center, located at 107 Suffolk Street, beginning December 3rd.
"It is really important to me to make New York City, and Central Park in particular, an integral part of the story," Honeybourne explained. "Grounding the piece in a time and place not often seen. Helping with this blending of illusion and reality, much of the set will consist of recycled materials, the costumes of the fairies will be made from tin cans, and the soundtrack will reflect a more contemporary and country feel."
Lysander & Hermia are two young lovers on Manhattan's Upper East Side. But Hermia's political power-broker mother, Egea, wants her to marry Demetrius, who has long been infatuated with Hermia. To avoid her machinations, the young lovers take refuge in Central Park while they make plans to leave the city forever. But Demetrius won't take no for an answer and sets out to find Hermia for himself. Tagging along with him is his former lover Helena, who has self-esteem issues, but still loves him even though he dumped her for Hermia.
As the lovers and would-be lovers move among the hills and trees of the park, other creatures begin to make themselves known: two warring groups of magical beings disguised as homeless people, one of which is led by Oberon, who has planned comic revenge on his straying wife Titanna. As Lysander & Hermia flee from Demetrius, they run headlong into the trap that Oberon and his dimwitted servant Puck have planned for Titanna. Add into the mix a troupe of actors with menial day jobs who are rehearsing in the park in the hopes of being hired to perform at the Greek ambassador's wedding, and what follows is a lesson on the power, blindness and the ultimate reaffirming quality of true love in all its forms, and how anything can happen, especially on a New York City Midsummer Night where there's magic in the air.
|Dates: ||Dec. 3, 2009 - Dec. 13, 2009|
|Schedule: ||Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 2 p.m.|
|Venue: ||Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk St. north of Delancey|
|Price: ||$18, students/seniors $15|
|Tickets/info: ||(212) 868-4444|
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