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December 3, 2013 > A twist on a classic Shakespeare play

A twist on a classic Shakespeare play

Submitted By Pamela Rosen

Irvington Conservatory Theatre is proud to present William ShakespeareÕs A Midsummer NightÕs Dream at Valhalla Theatre in Fremont. This production of ShakespeareÕs classic tale of enchanted lovers and mischievous fairies has transported itself from Greece to the forests of Ming Dynasty China (1368-1644 AD).

IrvingtonÕs Artistic Director, Scott Di Lorenzo, created the concept to parallel ancient Chinese fairy tales similar to A Midsummer NightÕs Dream, and infused the delightful comedy with a rich pageant of colors, textures, and sounds from Asia. This beloved Shakespearian tale tells the story of the marriage of Theseus and his trophy queen Hippolyta, while Oberon and Titania, king and queen of the fairies, fight their own battles. Caught in the crossfire of this other-worldly dispute are two pairs of lovers and a hapless troupe of amateur actors in the forest. Their comedic stories are complicated by magical forces they cannot begin to comprehend. A brilliant cast of young actors, dancers, and traditional Chinese musicians take the stage to bring this wonderful piece of work to life.

ÒMy future father-in-law has told me many Chinese tales, and the one that stuck out for me was the Tale of the Seven Fairies,Ó said Di Lorenzo. ÒThere were so many elements in that story that matched with MidsummerÕs, I knew that I could move the play to ancient China and it would work beautifully. Being an arts magnet school, weÕre lucky to have a strong team of talented, dedicated designers, artists, and craftspeople at Irvington, so we can do it the visual justice it deserves.Ó


A Midsummer NightÕs Dream
Thursday Ð Saturday: Dec. 5 Ð 7 & 12 Ð 14
7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7 & Sunday, Dec. 8
2:30 p.m.
Irvington High School
41800 Blacow Rd, Fremont
www.ihsdrama.com
Tickets: $10 - $14

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