Theatreworks
A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare; directed by Murray Ross

July 30–August 22, 2015

Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site

The trees surrounding the festival tent at Rock Ledge Ranch are an ideal setting for Shakespeare’s most extravagant, magical and best loved play, according to THEATREWORKS artistic director, Murray Ross. “The play tells the story of one dreamy, wild and hilarious night in the enchanted woods,” he says, “and at Rock Ledge nature has given us all we need to work with, including a blue moon on our second performance.” Midsummer has proved itself the most resilient of Shakespeare’s comedies, easily adapting itself both to traditional ballet and radically different locales: a mud pit, a white box, a prep school. That’s not surprising, Ross says, since “this is a play about people being transformed—through magic, through love, and through art.” Our production will feature contemporary costumes, and the fairies are likely to be seen hip hopping through the woods. It’s a very funny and very sexy play, and its confusions and passions are recognizably modern as well as classic. The play is so popular that it’s almost in danger of being too well known, Ross says, “so we want to create a world that is absolutely true to the play while also making it new and fresh again.”

Cast

  • Robert RaisNick Bottom / Pyramus
  • Tom ParadisePeter Quince / Egeus
  • Steve WallaceRobin Starveling / Moonshine
  • Danny BristolSnug / Lion
  • Mel GrierTom Snout / Wall
  • Mark AutryFrancis Flute / Thisbe
  • Rachel BakerHelena
  • Anna Faye HunterHermia
  • Mike LeeDemetrius
  • Erik BrevikLysander
  • Sammie Joe KinnettPuck / Philostrate
  • Jim BraswellOberon / Theseus
  • Tanisha PyronTitania / Hippolyta
  • Faith FarleyFairy
  • Sanaa FordFairy
  • Layne BulikFairy
  • Madison BarkerFairy
  • Nedia McBrideFairy

Artistic Team

  • Murray RossDirector
  • Tim MuldrewStage Manager
  • Murray Ross / Alexis TuckerScenic Design
  • Vance McKenzieLighting Design
  • Ashley GambaCostume Design
  • Ron JulesChoreographer
  • Tiffany Tinsley WeeksAssistant Choreographer
  • Lauren DugginProps
  • Jeff FlygareAssistant Director
  • Steve JessopProject Manager
  • Charlie HallSet Construction
  • Elise JenkinsAssistant Stage Manager
  • Kristen Wickersheim2nd Assistant Stage Manager
  • Eric GrosenbachMaster Electrician