poster for A Midsummer Night's DreamTHEATRE PROGRAM REIMAGINES A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

The Theatre Program of the University at Albany’s Department of Music and Theatre is pleased to present a vividly reimagined production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream that celebrates LGBTQ relationships.It will runfor five public performances at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus from March 5-8, 2020. The schedule includes performances on Thursday, March 5 at 7pm; Friday, March 6 at 3pm; Saturday, March 7 at 2pm and 7pm; and Sunday, March 8 at 2pm.

Director Chad Larabee has long wanted to explore a production of this work that was inclusive of LGBTQ characters while also addressing gender inequalities that are evident to a modern audience in this much-loved comedy. Larabee says, "It was important to me for everyone in the audience to identify with the characters and the relationships in the play." He adds, "I am proud that we can celebrate love in all of its wonderful forms, while not diminishing the comedy."

Oberon, the King of the Fairies, is now Oberan and is played by UAlbany theatre major, Maddy Rolon. In addition, Helena has become Helenus, played by UAlbany theatre major Shawn Passaro. This change allowed for the creation of two LGBTQ relationships to be represented in the comedy. Rolon was excited with the challenge of developing a strong lesbian character for the production, "I feel so passionately about the artistic merit and importance of queer Shakespeare and gender open casting in Shakespeare so I am so honored to be cast in this role for my final production here at UAlbany.”

The creative team includes Lighting Designer Andi Lyons, Costume Designer Reneé Bell and Scenic Designer Andrew Mannion with Gwen Bowman serving as the Stage Manage and Jude Miller as the Assistant Director.

In addition to Rolon and Passaro, the large cast includes Colin Gioia as Theseus, Carolyn Shields as Hippolyta, Catherine Dickerson as Titania, Max Conaway as Puck, Samantha Gault as Hermia, Matt Zuniga as Demetrius, Matthew Heyda as Lysander, Samantha Wilson as Penny Quince, Michael Glantzis as Nick Bottom, Billy Feerick as Francis Flute, Ryan Buchholz as Snug, Marilyn Feerick as Robin Starveling, Mickey O’Donnell as Fay Snout, Sam Mikit as Eqeus, Matvey Longware as Philostrate, Rheo Koss as Cobweb, Alexa Passante as Peasblossom and Natasha Daniels as Mustardseed.

Advance tickets are $17 for the general public and $12 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  Tickets purchased on the day of the show (pending availability) are $22 for the general public and $17 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  For reservations and further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.

There will also be a special morning matinee performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for high school groups on Thursday, March 5 at 10am. Educators wishing to receive information and/or make reservations for this matinee should contact the UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s main office at (518) 442-3995 or PAC@albany.edu.