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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Submitted by on 10/13/2010 – 12:28 pm 3 Comments

Aquila Theatre Company in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 8pm
Stewart Theatre

This timeless comedy has delighted audiences for centuries. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is about the universal theme of love, and all its messiness: passion, lust, frustration, depression, confusion, and, of course, marriage. Aquila weaves a web of theatrical magic that will take you to the heart of an enchanted forest, the injustice of the Athenian court, and the political strife of the fairy kingdom. At the heart of the story is the Fairy King’s servant, the impish Puck, whose magic creates an endless supply of mirth, mistaken identity, and inappropriate, if not absolutely ludicrous passions.

Pre-show discussion with a member of Aquila Theatre, 7pm, Room 110 Price Music Center.

Image source: http://www.mangotsfieldschool.org.uk/Midsummerdream.html

3 Comments »

  • Amanda says:

    Thanks for sharing this, Meg! I love going to Shakespeare plays. Please be sure in your comment summary for extra credit that you relate your experience back to something we’ve covered in class. For example, gestalt principles you might recognize that they’ve employed, either intentionally or otherwise, in the story or in the set designs. Or, the idea of “Just Enough and No More”, or elements of story and how the story is constructed and why it may be that Shakespeare has been so successful over the centuries. You might also share observations on the costumes or set designs relating to design theories we’ve explored.

  • Meg says:

    I know it has been a while but I would still like to leave my comment. The play was great. I have seen it performed a couple times but this one was different because it was set in the 50′s. The only things that I saw different from the original was the costume change. The play exhibited the “Just Enough and No more” idea because the set was very minimal. The same set was used for every scene. It gave a nudge to the play scenery but was not to the point where the audience couldn’t imagine the rest. The color change made a large impact on the time of day and mood. The play was good and hooked me in so that I wasn’t thinking of other daily activities.

  • Ayanna says:

    I went to this play for my job with student media and although the vocabulary prolonged the time it took to figure out what was going on, I thought it was hilarious!
    Relating this to design and storyboarding, the play made me realize how hard “Just Enough and No More” can be for comedies. While watching many plays and comedy movies I have wondered how the writers and director know how much is too much. How many jokes are too many? I’m not really interested in the comedy genre but I give those writers props.
    Also since I was photographing the event I noticed some great set organization. I think one of my best photo’s ever came from this event where Jason Cooper, the “Clown”, was singing and had two other characters laying by his feet. The rest of the stage was dark and the spot light was on them, reflecting blue off the background. Thats just one example of the awesome set designs they had.

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