Summer Shakespeare to open A Midsummer Night's Dream on July 23

by Julie Hail Flory

Summer Shakespeare at the University of Notre Dame will present William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” from July 23-Aug. 2 in Washington Hall on campus. The fourth annual Summer Shakespeare production also will feature for the second consecutive year “ShakeScenes,” an event for young local actors.p. Summer Shakespeare at the University of Notre Dame will present William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” from July 23-Aug. 2 in Washington Hall on campus. The fourth annual Summer Shakespeare production also will feature for the second consecutive year “ShakeScenes,” an event for young local actors.p. A complete schedule of performances and other information about the production are available on the Web at http://shakespeare.nd.edu and ticket information is available by calling the Notre Dame box office at 574-631-8128.p. Jessica Thebus, associate artist with Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company, directs the production, which features some of the nation’s finest Shakespearean actors. Susan Hart and Martin Yurek, both from The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, play Titania and Oberon, respectively, and 25-year professional theater veteran Bradley Mott portrays Bottom.p. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which has been enchanting audiences for four centuries, is a story about a magical world of dreamy lovers and mischievous fairies. National City Bank underwrites the production.p. Performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” culminate a summer collegiate theater and production experience that provides students with intensive professional training in Shakespearean theater. Through an innovative Notre Dame course titled “Shakespeare-in-Performance,” students learn from a teaching team composed of Shakespeare scholars and theater professionals to examine literary and theatrical perspectives on each play being produced. Students work on the production alongside theater professionals as assistants to directors, designers and technicians, and on stage in supporting roles.p. “ShakeScenes” participants will employ the techniques of a Shakespearean “Green Show” to perform scenes from “Macbeth,” “Twelfth Night,” “As You Like It,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “King Henry V,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Coriolanus,” “King Lear” and “The Comedy of Errors” beginning at 1 p.m. July 19-20 (Saturday-Sunday). The performances, which are free and open to the public, will be held on the Fieldhouse Mall, located between the LaFortune Student Center and the Clarke Memorial Fountain on campus.

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