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A Midsummer Night's Dream
A new twist on Shakespeare's enchantingly romantic comedy
As theatres around the world mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death this year, we will be presenting his most whimsical and enchanting comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, from July 6th through 16th
When four crisscrossed lovers flee from their overbearing parents into an enchanted forest, they become unknowingly embroiled in the battle between the king of the fairies and his bride.  Add to the mix a troupe of would-be actors, a mischievous sprite, and an errant love potion, and you have the recipe for Shakespeare’s most-beloved comedy.  
Our production will be a new twist on the centuries-old comedy.  Director Timothy L’Ecuyer and set designer Andrew Stuart have invented a world where the nine versatile performers in the production can run, jump, and gender-bend their way through an imaginatively constructed forest.
Almost two dozen characters will be brought to life by nine actors including John-Michael Breen, Richard Brundage, Will Champion, Versee Damien, Kevin Killavey, Katrina Michaels, Molly Pietz Walsh, Rebecca Tucker, and Nicholas Wilder.  Tim says, “using a small group of talented actors portraying many different characters has allowed us to get much more creative with the casting. It has given us the freedom to cast actors in roles they wouldn’t normally get to play because of their physical characteristics or gender, which is exciting for both the actor and the audience.”
Tickets range from $18-$31 and can be ordered by calling (603) 279-0333 or:
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Please join us for our FREE Educational Programs and Special Events in conjunction
with each of the six productions.  

For A Midsummer Night's Dream, events include:

"How'd They Do That?" Backstage tour, Thursday, July 7 after the performance
Have you ever wondered "how'd they do that?" or think you know our secrets and want to prove yourself right?  Interested in the way things happen backstage and the inner workings on the production? Join Technical Director Andrew Stuart, and his team, for a look behind-the-scenes.

Symposium 6-6:45pm, Tuesday, July 12
Join us for a series of talks and discussions, given by guest experts in their fields, offering insight into some aspect of the play or a related topic.  These talks are intellectually stimulating, but are also informal and given in the relaxed setting of the theatre's upstairs lounge.  To accompany A Midsummer Night's Dream, the symposium will be led by Douglas Lanier, Professor of English, University of New Hampshire.

RSVPs are encouraged for Symposium.  Please call the box office at (603) 279-0333 to RSVP.

Talk-Back Wednesday, Post-performance discussion with the cast and members of the creative team, Wednesday, July 13
Here's your chance to participate in (or just observe) a discussion with the cast and director.  Ask any burning questions you have, comment on the choices made by actors and designers, or just gain a little bit of unique perspective on the play and production.

This multi-talented cast of nine portrays nearly two dozen characters from Athenian nobles, to "mechanicals" who are workmen/would-be actors, to forest fairies!

In the Athenian world, John-Michael plays Helena, an Athenian lady spurned by her love, Demetrius.

In the fairy world, John-Michael plays Moth, a somewhat... unusual fairy!

In the world of the "mechanicals," he plays Starveling, the befuddled tailor-turned-actor.

In the fairy world, Richard plays Titania's thug-like head fairy.

In the world of the "mechanicals," he plays Quince, the play-within-a-play's struggling director.

In the Athenian world, he plays Philostrate, the Duke's master of revels.

In the fairy world he plays Puck, King Oberon's mischievous sprite who causes chaos by putting a love spell on the wrong Athenian.

In the Athenian world, Versee plays Theseus, the Duke of Athens and future husband to Hippolyta.

In the fairy world he plays Oberon, king of the fairies, currently at war with his wife, Titania.

In the Athenian world, Kevin plays Demetrius, an Athenian youth in love with Hermia but pursued by Helena.

In the fairy world, he plays Cobweb, servant to Titania.

In the world of the "mechanicals," he plays Flute, a bellows-mender forced into the female role of Thisbe, much to his chagrin.

In the Athenian world, Katrina plays Hermia, in love with Lysandra while being forced into marriage with Demetrius.

In the fairy world, she plays Peaseblossom, servant to Titania.

In the world of the "mechanicals," she plays the rough and tough Snout, who stars in the mechanicals' play in the pivotal role of "wall."

In the Athenian world, Molly plays Hippolyta, who is about to marry the duke, Theseus.

In the fairy world, she plays Titania, queen of the fairies.

In the Athenian world, Rebecca plays Lysandra, who is in love with Hermia and convinces her to run away from her harsh father and the strict laws of Athens.

In the fairy world, she plays Mustardseed, servant to Titania.

In the world of the "mechanicals," she plays the timid Snug, cast in the role of "lion."

In the Athenian world, Nicholas plays Egeus, the father of Hermia who insists she must marry Demetrius.

In the world of the "mechanicals," he plays Bottom, an overly theatrical weaver who, thanks to the sprite Puck, gets turned into a donkey and seduced by Titania.

Advice to the Players, a Sandwich-based theatre company, will be presenting three performances of the popular comedy The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged on our outdoor amphitheatre on July 15th, 16th and 17th at 3pm.

For tickets, call our box office at (603) 279-0333.
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