Gregory Boyd, Artistic Director of the Alley Theatre, announces the cast and creative team of the Hubbard Theatre season opener, William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Alley’s 22nd Shakespearean production celebrates the new stage enhancements with an expansive set, live music and 43 detailed costumes outfitting a full 19-member cast. The production features members of the Resident Acting Company and begins October 7 and runs through November 5.
In A Midsummer Night’s Dream the Bard’s most popular and enchanting comedy - the woods outside Athens are a busy place. The impending marriage in the Court of Theseus and Hippolyta sets the context for the story that sends four wrangling lovers off into the forest, the domain of the King and Queen of the Fairies. Elsewhere in the forest, a troupe of actors, the Rude Mechanicals, meet to rehearse their own play, which they hope to perform for the court. The characters enter into a dream-state in the forest, under the influence of spells that can encourage unbridled passion. Lovers, Fairies, Actors, Court – whose dream is it?
Directed by Gregory Boyd, the 19-member cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream features Alley Resident Company members John Feltch as Theseus/Oberon, Josie de Guzman as Hippolyta/Titania, Jeffrey Bean as Egeus, Jay Sullivan as Puck, Elizabeth Bunch as Hermia, Melissa Pritchett as Helena and Chris Hutchison as Lysander and Michael Brusasco as Demetrius. The Rude Mechanicals traveling theatrical troupe includes Alley Company Members Jeffrey Bean as Quince, Todd Waite as Starveling , James Black as Bottom, John Tyson as Flute, Paul Hope as Snout, and David Rainey as Snug.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream features scenic design by Vincent Mountain with costume design by Judith Dolan and lighting design by Jaymi Lee Smith. Original music composition and music direction by Gregg Coffin and sound design by Barry G. Funderberg. Choreography is by Peter Pucci and Assistant Director is Brandon Weinbrenner.
This production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be the first Shakespearen play that utilizes the stage improvements from the theatre renovation. The set design spans the entirety of the Hubbard Theatre stage with the cast filling out the 65-by-60 foot space. The renovation added a fly loft system to allow smoother transitions between the city of Athens and the forest outside. The production showcases design elements created at the Alley’s Center for Theatre Production, including a 20-ft wide full moon.
In conjunction with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the theatre hosts Shakespeare@400, a variety of educational and patron-engaging events, including Shakespeare Saturdays, “Start Up Shakespeare,” a pre-show workshop on Bard basics, DREAM-HOUSTON, a celebration of verse, freestyle and vocabulary through unique classroom experiences and community events, an online interactive study guide, Alley Re-Sourced and video series #LendYourVoice. More information on Shakespeare@400 activities can be found at alleytheatre.org/shakespeareat400