Hollywood Bowl Preview: A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Dudamel

Gustavo Dudamel

Gustavo Dudamel. Photo credit Vern Evans

On Tuesday July 28, LA Phil Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel ventures into Shakespeare’s forest of mistaken identities and fairy mischief for A Midsummer Night with Dudamel at the Hollywood Bowl. Actress Bryce Dallas Howard will narrate, bringing Shakespeare’s words to life in a magical evening featuring soloists soprano Deanna Breiwick and mezzo-soprano Jennifer Holloway, and the women of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Special guest Gil Shaham, one of the foremost violinists of our time, also joins Dudamel and the LA Phil for Mendelssohn’s popular and well-loved Violin Concerto to complete the program.

Mendelssohn composed the music for his score to A Midsummer Night’s Dream at two different points in his life. The overture was written first, when he was only 17 years old, while his incidental music would come some 16 years later, not long before his death. It is a brightly constructed romantic work that paints images of fairies dancing on the breeze and lovers in delirious pursuit with its delicate and sweeping themes. The Mechanicals arrive with their own picturesque entrance and other motifs are introduced as the story unfolds. When Bottom is turned into an ass by Oberon, king of the fairies, the composer captures it in the music in a most delightful way.  More

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum Announces Americana Summer Season

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum is gearing up for another summer of performances under the California oaks and summer skies of Topanga. This season, the company sets out to explore who we are as Americans with the theme ‘Americana’ which will include a mix of American plays, Shakespeare performed with an American twist, toe-tapping Americana roots and folk music, buffet dinners in the gardens and more – making Theatricum a unique destination spot for locals and visitors alike.

Shakespeare offerings will include As You Like It, re-set in the Reconstruction-era South with live music of the period, and Theatricum’s signature production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, back by popular demand for the ninth year. Also on the season are To Kill A Mockingbird, Christopher Sergel’s stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel; August: Osage County, Tracy Letts’ biting portrait of the dysfunctional American family at its finest, and absolute worst; and Green Grow the Lilacs, by Lynn Riggs, the play that inspired Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma

Dream_Titania_2 croppedThe season kicks off on Saturday, June 6 with a matinee performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Melora Marshall (pictured left as Titania in the 2014 production of Midsummer) and Willow Geer. The most magical outdoor setting in Los Angeles is once again transformed into an enchanted forest, inhabited by lovers both fairy and human. Shakespeare conjures a world of wonder, magic and romance where comical misunderstandings and the pain of unrequited love are resolved, and all is reconciled through midsummer night revelries and the enduring power of nature.  More

Complete Web Series, A Midsemester Night’s Dream Now Available

Third Start Productions has announced that all episodes of A Midsemester Night’s Dream are now available on YouTube. The course of college never did run smooth, especially for the characters in this modern web series adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Check out the trailer above and Click Here to watch all ten episodes. For more about the cast and crew visit Midsemester.tumblr.com.

Shakespeare Uncovered – A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Hugh Bonneville

Get ready Shakespeare lovers. Shakespeare Uncovered returns to PBS this Friday, January 30th. Like the first series, the second celebrity-hosted installment will cover a wealth of information, including a look at some iconic performances, historical and biographical data, and new analysis by noted scholars and guests, all of which will open up six of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.

In the first episode at 9:00 pm, Hugh Bonneville offers a behind the scenes look at his favorite Shakespeare play, and the one that started his career, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Then at 10:00 pm, Christopher Plummer explores the depths of Shakespeare’s great tragedy, King Lear, a role he played under the direction of Sir Jonathan Miller.

Shakespeare Uncovered

Bonneville understudied the role of Lysander in Midsummer in 1986 at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park. It was his first professional role, which he then played when the company took the show on tour. The actor he was understudying was none other than Ralph Fiennes, also in his first role as an actor. More

FREE Shakespeare in Plummer Park

Lovers and Madmen
“Lovers & madmen have such seething brains, such shaping fantasies that apprehend more than cool reason ever comprehends.”

— Theseus in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Join Lovers and Madman for an afternoon of madness in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and umbrellas. Michael Matthys directs a cast that includes Ross Baker, MJ Beyer, Chris Chapman, Tyler Fromson, Lianna Smith, Kelly Love, Rolando Martinez, Tyler Mauro, Nicholas McDonald, Marina Moore, Cynthia San Luis, Charline Su, Ottavio Taddei, Joshua Thomas, and J.C. Wallace.

Oct. 11 & 18 at 3:30 pm
Oct. 19 & 20 at 2:00 pm
Plummer Park
7377 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046

ZJU Theatre group and a MIDSUMMER Sequel-Of-Sorts!

Snug's Revenge

Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group proudly presents the premiere of Adam Neubauer’s Snug’s Revenge, the hilarious and surprisingly dark story of a theatre company’s attempt to mount a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and just how far the actor playing Snug will go to secure the role of Puck. You can always expect the unexpected at Zombie Joe’s and once again it’s Shakespeare with a twist. Written and directed by Adam Neubauer and Produced by Zombie Joe.

Sundays at 7:00 pm
September 14 – October 5, 2014
ZJU Theatre Group
4850 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Reservations: (818) 202 – 4120
Tickets: $15 www.ZombieJoes.Tix.com

Trailer: Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Premieres at TIFF on 9/8

Following its 2013 New York stage run, Julie Taymor (The Lion King, Titus, The Tempest) brings her production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to the screen starring David Harewood (Homeland) as Oberon, Max Casella (The Sopranos) as Bottom, Tina Benko as Titania, and Kathryn Hunter as Puck. The film premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2014 and features original music by Taymor’s longtime collaborator, Academy Award and Golden Globe winner and Pulitzer Prize nominee Elliot Goldenthal and cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto (Argo, Frida, Brokeback Mountain).

Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream of Intoxicating Depth

Actors' Gang - Midsummer

Adam Ferguson, Bob Turton and Will Thomas McFadden

More laughter, more beauty, more of everything that makes theatre special is what you’ll find in the Actors’ Gang’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It is a night of Shakespeare that takes all emotion to the brink and entertains with a vibrancy of invention that would surely make old Will smile were he to wake from his eternal slumber.

This is a dream I shall not soon forget. In fact, I love what Actors’ Gang has created so much that I could see every remaining performance of the run, and then never see a Midsummer again, and I would be completely satisfied.

Why? What is it about the Gang’s version of Shakespeare’s most popular comedy that has marked me where the bolt of Cupid fell and made me a forever fan? I urge you to go so you can see for yourself. Words can only capture part of the experience and it is in that which is intangible that you will find its most wondrous gifts.  More

Audition Update: A Noise Within, Lovers & Madmen Productions

A Noise Within has scheduled Equity Principal auditions for its 2014-15 season on November 13 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm for Julius Caesar and Figaro. Sign in begins at 9:00 am. Please prepare a contemporary monologue no more than 2 minutes in length and have a Shakespearean monologue ready if asked. Contract is LOA/LORT salary pending (previous reh. min. $290/wk). Auditions will take place at A Noise Within, 3352 E. Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107. Please park in the Metro Station parking structure behind the theatre. www.actorsequity.org

Lovers & Madmen Productions and director Michael Matthys are holding auditions for A Midsummer Night’s Dream on August 9 & 10, with callbacks on August 10. Shows will be performed at Plummer Park as part of the City of West Hollywood’s Free Theatre in the Park Series. Rehearsals begin September 2nd and performances run Saturdays, Oct. 11 & 18 at 3:30 and Sundays, Oct. 19 & 2 at 2:00. There is a possibility of additional performances at other venues TBA. The company is especially interested in actors that are process-driven, movement based, and that have a love for Shakespeare’s language. To submit electronically (by August 9) and for a breakdown of roles and more info, go to Actors Access. www.actorsaccess.com

Shakespeare by the Sea Offers Free Performances of Hamlet and Midsummer

Shakes by the Sea Bottom & Fairies SBTS MND14

Bottom (Patrick Vest) and his Fairies

Shakespeare by the Sea continues its 2014 summer of Shakespeare with performances of Hamlet, directed by Stephanie Coltrin, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Patrick Vest, in various locations around the city, now through August 16. Shows are always free and seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. For a complete list of dates, locations, and details about each of the performance venues, visit www.shakespearebythesea.org.

Shakes by the Sea Hamlet SBTS HPD 2014

Cylan Brown as Hamlet

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