A Midsummer Night's Dream Opens June 20

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Will Shakespeare often “set” his plays in far-flung places, but as any Shakespearean scholar will tell you, the settings don’t much resemble the places they’re supposed to be. In the case of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the playwright chose “Athens” as the site for the court, lovers, fairies and Rude Mechanicals to cavort.  

“So we thought about it and said, ‘Why not Athens, Ga?’” said Shakespeare Chattanooga producing director Janis Hashe. Thus the town in Georgia is now the setting for the Shakespeare Chattanooga/Ripple Productions co-production of AMND, opening June 20 in the newly renovated Ripple Theater in the Brainerd Arts District.  

The modern-dress production also features the music of various famous bands out of the Georgia Athens. “You’d be surprised at how perfectly some of it fits,” said Ms. Hashe, who directs.

The 15-member cast includes Steve Disbrow, Stephanie Smith, Ericka Johnson, Brianne Michalski, Daniel Pound, Robbye Lewis, Ward Fleissner, Paula Berard, Ayana Winchester, Evan Johnson, Shellyta Chatman, Jonathan Goff, Jordan Guess, Trey Jackson, Elena Nikolaeva and Kashish Agnihotri. 

Stephanie Smith also serves as musical director, as she has for every Shakespeare Chattanooga production. Loren Howard designs the set, and Thomas Goddard the lighting.

The show will run June 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. and June 22 and 29 at 2:30 p.m.   It will be held at Ripple Theater, 3264 Brainerd Road, the former site of the Encore Theatre.  Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 students/seniors. Group discounts are available.  For reservations and information call 622-2862 or email jhashe@epbfi.com.



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