Montford Park Players Presents Comic Favorite,
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare
Produced by Montford Park Players at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, 92 Gay St. Asheville, NC
Friday, Saturday and Sunday @ 7:30pm
Montford Park Players, an Asheville theatrical tradition, is proud announce their upcoming production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. All performances will be held at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre at 92 Gay Street in the heart of Asheville’s historic Montford District, from June 1st through the 30th on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 7:30pm. This performance like ALL of Montford Park Players’ shows will be absolutely FREE to attend.
The plot revolves around three intersecting stories of love and fantasy. Two pairs of lovers steal away from their controlling parental figures, a team of amateur actors rehearse their play to be performed at their king’s wedding, and the king and queen of the fairies battle over a child both claim to be their own. All of the frivolity takes place in the woods outside of Athens, and eventually involves a misapplied love potion, a blowhard actor being turned into a donkey, and, eventually, the worst play-within-the-play ever staged. It adds up to a fantastical romp that will have audiences laughing riotously.
Director Mandy Bean, a regular on Montford’s stage and behind-the-scenes, has chosen to set this particular production in 1930s Appalachia, connecting the material to her home. “I’m from this area; my family, on every branch I could trace, has lived in Buncombe, Yancey, or Haywood counties for the last four hundred years,” says Bean. “I'd like people to hear Shakespeare's verses said in my native way of speaking, and maybe appreciate that Shakespeare is for everyone, regardless of culture.”
Montford Park Players revives A Midsummer Night’s Dream approximately every two years, as it has proven to be their most attended show in every season it appears. As to why, director bean says simply, “It's fun, light-hearted, and absolutely ridiculous in places.”
For this production, the coveted role of Bottom, will be played by the venerable David Mycoff, professor of classic and Russian literature at Warren Wilson College, and mainstay of many MPP productions. The large cast also includes Asheville theater celebrities Jason Williams, Mars Mignon, David Broshar and Sarah Felmet, among many more. The play also features original music by Rebecca O’Quinn.
All-in-all, this year’s Midsummer is poised to provide as big a hit as previous versions. As Bean says, “How can you go wrong with this romp through the Appalachian woods, complete with love potions, transfiguration, fairies, and even a little bit of moonshine?”
Montford Park Players, has been presenting Shakespeare and other classical works to the Asheville community since 1973, and has since grown to be one of Western North Carolina’s most beloved and well-known cultural attractions.
For more information or to reserve seats, go to montfordparkplayers.org, or call at (828) 254-5146.