Thursday, May 4th, 2017 7:30 pm (20 days, Apr 23 to May 13)

A Midsummer Night's Dream

By: Barter Theatre


Thursday, May 4th, 2017 7:30 pm
127 W Main St Abingdon VA 24210
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Call Barter Theatre at (276) 628-3991


By William Shakespeare Shakespeare’s most beloved comedy by Barter Theatre’s Resident Acting Company! On a midsummer’s night, four young lovers find themselves wrapped in the dream-like arms of an enchanted forest where sprites lurk and fairies rule. While a feuding Fairy King and Queen are at war, their paths are crossed by Bottom, Quince and their friends. Chief mischief-maker Puck is on-hand to ensure that the course of true love is anything but smooth, and games of fantasy, love and dreams ensue in Shakespeare’s amusing comedy. Download study guide. Director's Notes When I start work on a play, I’m always looking for its source of life. What is it that every character has in common? What is it that flows through each moment and makes it tick. What is the blood in the veins of the play? And, in this case, it’s, of course, love. Love, the mysterious. Love, the ridiculous. Love the painful and the sublime. There is evidence that Shakespeare wrote this play to be performed at a wedding, and this used to bother me. Why, I thought, would he make love look so foolish at a love celebration? The play points out how nonsensical we can be about love: The humans fall in and out of love so easily and ferociously that it’s beyond laughable. The play that the mechanicals put on to honor love is a tumble of silliness. The fairy queen ends up literally in love with an ass. You get my point. But I think this is how we look from a distance. Love is what shapes the biggest decisions of our lives: where we call home, what we do, and who we do it with... and we give this uncontrollable, loopy thing the reins, happily. Love also shows up in this play as conflict, as motherly love, as protection, as bacchanalia, as a force that can change the weather— Shakespeare serves up such a veritable souffle? of different kinds of love that we are sure to see ourselves somewhere in the mix. For we’ve all walked into those woods and gotten lost, been ridiculous and come back out, blinking in the light, changed forever by what we learned about ourselves at the hands of love. Katy Brown Director, A Midsummer Night’s Dream Cast & Credits Cast Theseus: Josh Levinson Philostrate: Hope Quinn Hyppolyta: Carrie Smith Lewis Egeus: Nicholas Piper Hermia: Annie Simpson Lysander: Andrew Hampton Livingston Demetrius: Justin Tyler Lewis Helena: Jenna Haimes Peter Quince: Paris Bradstreet Nick Bottom: Nick Koesters Francis Flute: Terrance Jackson Tom Snout: David Alford Snug: Michael Poisson Robin Starveling: Joseph Matthew Veale Puck: Zacchaeus Kimbrell Cobweb/Fairy: Sarah Laughland Titania: Hannah Ingram Oberon: Rick McVey Peaseblossom: Katherine Lyle Mustardseed: Hope Quinn Moth: Josh Levinson Crocus: Ryan Featherstone Collaborators Director: Katy Brown Set Designer: Derek Smith Costume Designer: Howard Tsvi Kaplan Lighting Designer: Andrew Morehouse Sound Designer: Tony Angelini Stage Manager: Cindi A. Raebel Original Music Composed by: Dax Dupuy Choreographer: Sarah Laughland Fight Choreographer: Justin Tyler Lewis Text Coach: Carrie Smith Lewis Corporate Sponsors Universal Fiber Systems Media Sponsors WJHL Northeast Tennessee Media Group

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