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Spotlight: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ on the Quad

Date Published:
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The College of Arts + Architecture’s Department of Theatre will present one of Shakespeare’s most popular and widely performed plays, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” April 18-21 and April 26-May 1.

Outdoor performances of this classic will be at 6:00 PM, Monday through Thursday, April 18-21, and Tuesday through Saturday, April 26-30. The May 1 performance is a 2:00 PM matinee. The play will be presented on the quad at the rear entrance to the Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts. In the event of inclement weather, the play will be in Robinson Hall’s Lab Theatre.

A featured production of the UNC Charlotte Shakespeare in Action Center’s 36-in-Six Project, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Thesus, the Duke of Athens, and Hippolyta, the adventures of a group of young Athenian lovers and amateur actors and the mischievous interventions of woodland fairies.

Single tickets are $14 for the public, $9 for senior citizens and UNC Charlotte faculty and staff and $6 for all students. They are available through the Box Office at Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts, which is open from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday, and one hour prior to performances. Ticket revenues for all UNC Charlotte Department of Theatre programs support student scholarships and educational program activities.

The UNC Charlotte Shakespeare in Action Center’s 36-in-Six Project is a multi-year effort involving six public events per year, each devoted to one of Shakespeare’s plays. The project concludes in 2016, when the world will observe the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.

The Department of Theatre promotes critical thinking, communication, and cultural appreciation through the study of theatre. It teaches the specific craft of theatre-making through classroom experience, individual and collaborative study, and actualized stage productions, all emphasizing the particular skills necessary for the generation of high-quality stage performance.

Students learn to participate in current critical discourse while engaging the theory, history and material conditions of performance.