2014: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
This year, for the first time, Saratoga Shakespeare Company will present a second production featuring our apprentices. Come to Skidmore College campus, outdoors at the Suzanne Corbet Thomas Amphitheater, and join the mechanicals–Bottom, Peter Quince, and friends–for their unique interpretation (assisted by director Dave Demke) of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The mechanicals are a crew of tradesmen who act out the “lamentable comedy” of Pyramus and Thisbe at the end of Midsummer; in SSC’s first ever apprentice show, they’ve set their sights even higher in producing the entirety of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They’ve also had the (uncharacteristically) brilliant idea to focus the show on traditional character archetypes; for example, Theseus is played by the archetypal Ruler, Oberon is the Magician, and Puck is, of course, the Trickster. These archetypes, coming in pairs from different historic eras, imbue the play with a magical timeless air.
Threatened by an arranged marriage to Demetrius, Hermia flees with her true love Lysander into the woods to get married. Demetrius follows, pursued in turn by his former lover Helena. In our show, Demke (assisted by his mechanicals) has given these lovers a new twist, casting all four of them as women.
Many different types of people nearly collide in the forest: Oberon and Titania (the feuding fairy king and queen), the four impassioned lovers, and the mechanicals trying to rehearse their play. At Oberon’s bidding, our three-headed Puck (played by three apprentices) wreaks havoc with everyone involved, leading to utter chaos.
WHEN: Thursday July 31 and Friday August 1, 6:00PM
WHERE: Skidmore College, Suzanne Corbet Thomas Amphitheater
The amphitheater is located behind the Arthur Zankel Music Center on Skidmore’s Campus:
- Campus Map featuring Zankel location and parking (PDF)
- Zankel Music Center on the interactive campus map
Main parking for the Arthur Zankel Music Center is located in the Arts Quad Parking A, which is to your left when you enter campus from the main entrance on North Broadway. Additional parking is available in Arts Quad Parking B, and secondary parking may be available in the Palamountain or Case Center lots (see the map linked above).
Parking on roadways and grass is prohibited.
For more information regarding A Midsummer Night’s Dream, or our programming for our 2014 Season, contact Barbara Opitz at firstname.lastname@example.org.