March 3, 2016 – Aurora, CO – You may think you know William Shakespeare’s classic comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” from earlier adaptions but the Community College of Aurora (CCA) presentation goes beyond the play’s original themes of love and its challenges, the laws of man versus the laws of nature, and society's rules.
Shakespeare’s tale of crisscrossed lovers, mischievous fairies, and a traveling acting troupe that performs a play within a play gets a more modern update. The CCA actors perform the play in an urban 1920s setting – think Roaring 1920s with period costumes for performers.
Adding a further wrinkle is the gender of some of the characters has been changed for this performance – most notably Lysander, one of the lovers. This gender swap creates a more modern take on love and continues some of the themes featured in CCA’s fall production, “Pronoun.”
So what is it like for students to learn Shakespeare in six weeks?
“One of the hardest things to adjust to is that he [Shakespeare] was so obsessed with iambic pentameter – so much so he would change the words. It’s hard to justify that in your head.”
– Dana Bergren (student actor), who plays Titania
“The dialogue is backwards from what we do – there are a lot of tongue twisters. Once you get it, it’s super easy to roll off the tongue. – Rachel Gawlikowski (student actor), who plays Helena
Performance dates and times:
March 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 at 7:30 p.m.
March 19 & 26 at 2:00 p.m.
Location: The Larry D. Carter Theater at The Community College of Aurora, 16000 E. CentreTech Parkway, Aurora, Colorado 80011
$10.00 – General Admission
$ 7.00 – Seniors, Children and Students (with valid ID)
For more information about the performance, visit the Midsummer Night's Dream page.
To order tickets now visit the Brown Paper Tickets site.