Office of Public Affairs
Sept. 12, 2002
CONTACT: Kelly Cullinan, 312-3097
SHAKESPEARE'S 'MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM' LAUNCHES THEATRE SEASON
OSWEGO -- Desire, romance, intrigue and comedy collide in the forest of William Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream," which will begin the SUNY Oswego theatre department's 35th season on Oct. 18.
Directed by department chair Mark Cole, the design team includes Professor Kitty Macey (costumes), Assistant Professor Joseph Rial (scenery) and senior theatre major Sara Lyon (lighting). Music is by Professor Julie Pretzat, chair of the music department.
Included in the cast are Katie Keville and Michael Climek as Hippolyta and Theseus, the royal couple whose wedding plans are interrupted when Egea (Adele Basile) demands that Theseus settle a marriage dispute involving her daughter Hermia (Amanda Messina) and two rival suitors, Demetrius (Eric Webb) and Lysander (Aaron Kicak). Into the mix falls Helena (Anastasia Meehan), who is in love with Demetrius.
When the four young lovers escape to the woods, they encounter the magic and mayhem of the fairy world ruled over by Oberon (Kevin Keleher) and Titania (Meaghan Thaney), the king and queen of the fairies. The mischievous spirit Puck (played by both Michael Climek and Jamie Rose Hamilton) engineers a series of comic transformations that throw the mortals into states of farcical confusion. Fairies and attendants are played by Corinne LaMore, Anthony Satter, Zachary Levin, Erin Naughton, Chris Green and Sarah Tarquinio.
A group of workingmen, amateur actors under the direction of the Widow Quince (Stephanie Johnson), decide to rehearse their play of the story of Pyramus and Thisby in the woods. The "mechanicals," as they are called by Puck, include Snug (Mickennon Wilson), Francis Flute (Brian Heyman), Tom Snout (Steven Screws) and Robin Starveling (Scott Staab). They are presided over by Nick Bottom (Ethan Van Auken), a self-important actor who longs to play every part and who is given the head of an ass by Puck in one of the play's most comic moments.
Stage manager is Jennifer Hurlburt and assistant stage manager is Meghan Nolan. Ryan Oliver is assistant director and dramaturge.
"This most magical of Shakespeare's plays features many students whose talents, both on stage and off, have become familiar to area audiences in the past several years as well as some freshmen and sophomores new to main stage productions," Cole said.
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" will preview at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. in Tyler Hall's Waterman Theatre. The show will open at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18. Additional evening performance dates are Oct. 19, 25 and 26. Two Sunday matinees are slated for 2:30 p.m. Oct. 19 and 26. Special performances for school children will be held at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 22 and 23.
Tickets are $10 for adults; $9 for seniors, students and children; and $7 for SUNY Oswego students. Family packages are available for $34 (which includes two adults and two students). For reservations, call the Tyler box office at 312-2141 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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