Free Performances of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Features UArts Students, Faculty, Alumni

REV Theatre Company presents an urban, family-friendly take on the Shakespeare comedy for two shows only, July 14 – 15

NYC-based actor Rudy Caporaso, who stars as Puck, and Musical Theater senior Bethany McCall, who stars as Cobweb.

July 9, 2012

Philadelphia-based REV Theatre Company offers free, outdoor performances of Shakespeare's most popular comedy, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" on July 14 at 6 p.m. and July 15 at 4 p.m. at 313 S. Broad Street (next to the Broad Street Ministry, between Spruce & Pine Streets).

The production is directed by Ira Brind School of Theater Arts faculty member Rosey Hay, who is also artistic director of REV.

The perfect introduction to Shakespeare that is guaranteed to appeal to every member of the family with its potent brew of fantasy, romance and fun, the cast features Brind School students and alumni, including Eric Goetschel BFA '11 (Acting), Jessie Holder BFA '11 (Musical Theater), Morgan Knight '14 (Acting), Aaron Lofton '13 (Acting), Adriana Lopez BFA '12 (Directing, Playwriting & Production), Bethany McCall '13 (Musical Theater), Sam Nagel BFA '12 (Musical Theater), Merri Rashoyan '13 (Acting), Sean Ravitz '14 (Directing, Playwriting & Production), Sarah Spangenberg BFA '12 (Musical Theater) and Andrew Tardif BFA '11 (Acting).

(L-r): Acting senior Aaron Lofton as Francis Flute, DPP alum Adriana Lopez as Tom Snout, NYC-based actor Michael Flynn as Nick Bottom, Musical Theater grad Sam Nagel as Peter Quince and Acting senior Merri Rashoyan as Snug.

Under a real midsummer night's sky, love-struck mortals, stage-struck mechanicals and feuding fairies (who also sing and dance) collide one fateful night in a magical forest. Ladders, kiddy pools and a fairy bower provide the setting for REV's adaptation.

The contemporary, updated production blends outrageously colorful costumes with urban street chic and a glam-rock Puck, along with athletic staging and musical numbers ranging from the 1930s ("Makin' Whoopee"), the 1950s ("Mr. Sandman") and the 1960s (Dusty Springfield's "I Only Want To Be With You").

The Stamford Advocate writes, "It is easy to understand why no other company is capable of reinventing Shakespeare like REV," while Philadelphia Weekly calls it "spellbinding… everything an adaptation should be – significant, exhilarating and imaginative."

The performances of "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" are offered free to audiences as part of REV's commitment to developing new audiences for classical theater. Bring blankets or chairs and a picnic to enjoy before the performance. Rain dates: July 21 and 22.

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