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For Immediate Release
October 24, 2008

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Stuart Soloway
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Reality Meets Fantasy In Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Press Release Photo Royce Bleier (l.) as “Oberon” and Derrick Belkin as “Puck” in TheatreBrockport’s production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photo by James Dusen.

Brockport, NY – Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream inhabits two worlds — one militaristic and courtly; the other a haven for woodland nymphs, sprites and the sort of magical spells that only the Bard of Avon can conjure. Both of these worlds are summoned up when Shakespeare’s comedy is presented by TheatreBrockport, beginning on Friday, November 7, 2008, at 7:30 pm. Performances take place at The College of Brockport’s Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage, 180 Holley Street, Brockport.

The production’s director, Elena Araoz, envisions the Athens-set portions of the play as a jungle-like labyrinth, a “military world where men are trained to be tough and women are taught to be toys,” while what lies beyond the city is a world whose denizens are more hedonistic, more free-wheeling and more prone to frivolity. When Hermia chooses Lysander over Demetrius — the man to whom her father has betrothed her — and the lovers “escape the tyranny of Athens, they are also escaping the protection that the city’s walls afforded them.”

The forest that lies beyond, however, is where Oberon, King of the Faeries, and Titania, his queen, rule. They set forth the mayhem that ensues when Hermia and Lysander are tossed into their fairyland. As Araoz warns, Hermia and Lysander “steal forth from a natural world, stumbling into a fairy war zone, where their young love is pitted against the need for survival, and fidelity is not instinctual.”

Araoz is a directing fellow at Geva Theatre Center, with which the Department of Theatre has an educational agreement.

The two worlds of A Midsummer Night’s Dream are brought to life through the scenic design of Susan Zeeman Rogers. Rogers, who has worked extensively with Boston and New York City opera and theatre companies, has created an environment in which the hauteur of Theseus’ court in Athens gives way to the ominous labyrinth of the forest that lies outside the city limits.

Performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream are November 7, 8, 13, 14, and 15, at 7:30 pm and November 9 at 2 pm. The performance on Sunday, November 9, will be sign language interpreted for the hearing impaired.

Tickets for the performances are $12/General, $10/Seniors and $8/Students and are available by phone at (585) 395-ARTS or at the Tower Fine Arts Center Box Office. Tickets can also be obtained at all area Wegmans supermarkets.

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