Renowned Troupe Performs Shakespeare's Comedy on Wellesley Stage

February 25, 2013
scene from Midsummer

Shakespeare’s romantic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream takes the stage in Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall Auditorium on Monday, February 25, at 7 p.m.

Shakespeare and Company, founded in 1978, is one of the country’s most popular and influential theatre companies. This production of Midsummer is a fast-paced, 90-minute version by seven actors that highlights the play’s exquisite language and its hilarious comic pleasures as well as the actor-audience relationship. According to Shakespeare and Company, “the production captures in concentrated form the Company’s mission of reinvigorating today’s performances with the powerful energies that animated performances on Shakespeare’s stage.” 

The performance is free and open to the public; no reservations are necessary.

Wellesley Professor of English Yu Jin Ko says one of the primary motivations for bringing the group to Wellesley is to link it with the curriculum. Three courses on Shakespeare are under way in the English Department this semester, and a number of other courses include A Midsummer Night's Dream in the syllabus.

As part of its mission of spreading the love of Shakespeare through performance, Shakespeare and Company will run an interactive workshop (for up to 40 students) that encourages exploration of Shakespeare through theatre. The workshop will take place in the Ballroom of Alumnae Hall from 4:15-5 p.m. on Monday, February 25. Advance reservations are required; please contact Professor Yu Jin Ko: yko@wellesley.edu.

For disability services, please contact Jim Wice: jwice@wellesley.edu.

Photo: Shakespeare and Company