A Midsummer Night’s Dream from Feb. 22 to 25
Although William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is 522 years old this year (give or take), the story of the play continues to reverberate for modern audiences.
There are lovers torn by conflict, a political leader who seeks to marry (and subdue) a vanquished adversary, a father who demands justice, and aspiring actors and tradesmen desperate to perform — and that’s just in the realm of mortals. Things look oddly similar in the land of fairies. A king and queen clash over rights to a child and the king’s henchman seeks to achieve his lord’s objective by intervening with desire, transforming a weaver into an ass, and inflaming the queen with unconventional love. That same henchman can’t tell Athenian lovers apart, leading to yet more chaos.
Dream is a comedy, and so includes much vibrant playfulness. It ends, of course, with celebration. Shakespeare’s hijinx are a highlight in this play. As Nick Bottom says, “I have had a most rare vision.”
The UCC/The Bishop Strachan School (BSS) co-curricular and co-ed production runs from Wednesday, Feb. 22 through Saturday, Feb. 25 in UCC’s David Chu Theatre. The play begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and it closes on Saturday with a matinee at 2 p.m.
Tickets are available in the UCC student centre and through the BSS box office. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door. Questions regarding tickets or other matters may be directed to Dale Churchward at email@example.com.