The Queens Players Present A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Now thru 10/12
Fresh from their critically acclaimed, sold out productions of Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, Euripides' The Bacchae, and Macbeth, The Queens Players returns for their debut performance in the newly redesigned Little Theatre with a magical, Night Circus reimagining of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Director IlLana Stein's vision of the dichotomy between the monochromatic mortal world of Athens and the black-light drenched, twilight infused circus-realm of the fairies will bring audiences right "into the tent" so to speak. True love will be tested, two worlds will collide, and mischief will be made!
"Whenever I think of A Midsummer Night's Dream, I immediately think about a line from one of Puck's last speeches "I am sent with broom before, to sweep the dust behind the door." I imagine Puck with a broom cleaning up the mess, erasing all of the visions, and leaving us to wonder what did we just witness? Our wildest dream? A Nightmare? A mixture of the two? It also reminds me that theatre is ephemeral, fleeting, and magical. One second it is there and a second later, poof it is gone. I wanted to further explore this idea and take audiences on an invited, exhilarating journey to the unfamiliar, their own private 'Night Circus'. A world controlled by the faeries. Within the tent each night, a story unfolds of mayhem, disguise, fantasy, and love. A world of extremes. Our lovers escape sharp Athenian rule and find themselves running away to the circus. This play is not at all fun and games because once you are lured into the tent, there is no easy way out. After all, there is a ringmaster leading this adventure. What lurks beneath the tent? Accept our invitation and step into the world of the unknown." - IlLana Stein
Featuring: Charles Baker, Sheree V. Campbell, Jeff Dickamore, Jonathan Emerson, Kathleen Fletcher, Aurora Florence, Zack Friedman, Evan Greene, Megan Greener, Ryan Krause, Robin Rightmeyer, Sabina Friedman-Seitz, Kate Siepert*, Blaine Smith*, Jason Spina, Marcus Watson, and Jaz Zepatos.
Creative Team: The Queens Players presents A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by IlLana Stein, produced by Richard Mazda for The Queens Players. Producers: Alberto Bonilla & Jonathan Emerson. Assistant Director: Emily Jackson. Production Stage Manager: Rosie Kolbo. Makeup Designer: Emily Lambert. Lighting Designer: Michael Cole. Scenic Designer: Kathryn Lieber. Properties Designer: Tyler M. Perry. Assistant Properties Designer: Samantha Jackson. Costume Designer: Isabelle Fields. Dramaturge: Charles Baker. Postcard Design by Internationally renowned artist Luba Lukova. Composer and Original Sound Design: Will Stackpole.
Performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream are tonight, Sept 26th - Oct 12th, Thursday through Saturday @ 8pm; Sunday, 9/29 & 10/06, @ 3pm at The Secret Theatre, 4402 23rd St. (at 23 St. and 44th Avenue), LIC, NY 11101 at Court Square on the E, M, G and 7 train. Tickets are $18. To purchase tickets, visit www.secrettheatre.com or call 718.392.0722.
*These actors appear courtesy of the Actor's Equity Association. A Midsummer Night's Dream is an approved Actor's Equity Performance.