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URI Theatre Department to perform Shakespeares
A Midsummer Nights Dream
KINGSTON, R.I. -- April 3, 2003 -- Moonlight, magic and midsummer madness pervade William Shakespeares A Midsummer Nights Dream. The University of Rhode Islands Theatre Department will perform the comedy in URIs Robert E. Will Theatre from April 17 through 19 and April 23 through 26 at 8 p.m. and April 19 at 2 p.m. Proceeds from the April 19 performance will benefit the Thomas R. Pezzullo Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for students, senior citizens and children. For information and reservations, please call 401-874-5843.
A Midsummer Nights Dream is a romantic comedy in which lovers, tradesmen, elves and fairies converge in the forest where the unexpected lies behind every bush and tree. Lovers pledge their love, then run from parental strictures. Other lovers chase after them only to be waylaid by elves and fairies. In the woods tradesmen earnestly rehearse a play in celebration of Duke Theseus wedding, only to lose their leading player, Bottom, through the mischief of Puck, emissary of Oberon, the Fairy King.
Though Shakespeare lived long before Freud, he understood the workings of the unconscious human mindhow fear of commitment can create the need for a sometimes-feverish dream journey. So Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius and Helena must lose their way to find their way. So Hippolyta, Theseus captive Amazon warrior must come to truly love her captor before marrying him and Oberon will awaken Titania, his beautiful Fairy Queen from a loathsome spell in a generous act toward loving reconciliation. To top off the proceedings, the tradesman, all amateur actors, perform a tragic love story to hilarious effect, drawing all of us into the rousing wedding festivities that conclude the play. Or were we all dreaming?
Bryna Wortman directs this merry romp with a cast of 26 URI studentsfreshmen through super seniors. Set designs are by Cheryl deWardener, costume designs by Marilyn Salvatore, lighting designs by Deb Sullivan, and sound design by David Roy.
Come and see why A Midsummer Nights Dream is a perennial favorite of young and old alike.
Matthew Archambault*, Oberon, Wakefield, RI
Francis R.T.M. Boyle*, Demetrius, Narragansett, RI
Patrick Cullen*, Puck, Woonsocket, RI
Elizabeth Gotauco*, Titania, No. Kingstown, RI
Keith Hanson*, Bottom, Spring Lake, NJ
Erin Olson*, Helena, Warren, RI
Seth Remington*, Lysander, Wakefield, RI
Ratkanhnha Siv*, Hermia, Providence, RI
Adam Wasserman*, Theseus, Lincoln, RI
James Bagley, Understudy, Middletown, RI
Alvarez, Alejandro, Snug, Coventry, RI
Alexis Conway, Fairy, Waterbury, CT
Dan Da Cunha, Tom Snout, Pawtucket, RI
Benhamin Dawson, Peter Quince, Massachusetts
Alyssa Devin, Fairy, Southington, CT
Courtney Fabrizio, Fairy, E. Greenwich, RI
Seth Finkle, Fairy, Gloversville, NY
Nicholas Foehr, Understudy, Coventry, RI
Jodi Freedman, Fairy, Rosemont, PA
Robin Grady, The Fairy, Cranston, RI
Matthew Hobin, Egeus, Warwick, RI
Richard Madison, Philostrate, No. Kingstown, RI
Kristin Mancini, Hippolyta, No. Kingstown, RI
Tiffany Page, Fairy, Warwick, RI
Jacqueline Palumbo, Understudy, Cranston, RI
Kimberly Rau, Robin Starveling, E. Hampston, CT
Richard Silwinski, Flute, Woonsocket, RI
William Steeves, Fairy, Wallingford, CT
Lauren Ustaszewski, Fairy, Medford, NJ
*Leading roles in the production.