CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 19, 2003–Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” beginning Oct. 24 and running through Nov. 2 in Forrest H Rose Theatre.
This enchanting classic depicts the strange and wonderful ways that supernatural forces, in this case fairies, can alter the whim of the human heart. In the woods outside of Athens, the audience finds young lovers’ seemingly undying affection for one another falter, a simple weaver turned into an ass-headed monster, and the queen of the fairies falling in love with this grotesque creature, aptly named “Bottom.”
Romantic love, infatuation and blind desire are personified in this masterpiece as distinctions between reality and fantasy lose their edge. Audiences will delight as hearts and minds change with the slightest breeze, as “Puck” wields magic, bounding unseen through the woods, and, indeed, as Shakespeare’s ageless classic takes on new life with each live show.
The play is directed by Dr. Robert Dillon and Paul Zmolek. Productions of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” are scheduled for 8 p.m. Oct. 24-25, 8 p.m. Oct. 30-Nov. 1, and 2 p.m. Nov. 2. There will be two special high school matinee performances at 10 a.m. Oct. 28-29. Tickets are $15 for the public; $14 for faculty, staff and senior citizens; and $13 for students (discounts available on pre-sale tickets only). Call the Performing Arts Box Office at (573) 651-2265 early for reserved seats.