Julie Taymor's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM to Screen at Capitol Center for the Arts, 10/14
The Capitol Center for the Arts is proud to play host to a broadcast of Ealing Studios and Omniverse Vision's presentation of Julie Taymor's critically acclaimed stage version of Shakespeare's iconic comedy, 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' on Wednesday, October 14, at 6pm. Tickets for this acclaimed production start at $12 and are on sale now.
Filmed at the Theatre For A New Audience in Brooklyn, New York in 2014, the film opened to rave reviews at last year's Toronto International Film Festival, and boasts a stellar cast, including David Harewood (Homeland, Blood Diamond), Kathryn Hunter (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), Tina Benko (The Avengers) and Max Casella (Blue Jasmine).
The filmed production is directed by Julie Taymor (Frida, 'The Magic Flute'), the visionary director of the smash hit Broadway show 'The Lion King'. With cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto (Wolf of Wall Street, Argo) and music by Academy Award-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal (Heat, Frida), this immersive, inventive cinematic experience brings Taymor's acclaimed production to the big screen, giving audiences from around the world the opportunity to see this critically lauded, sell-out show.
Proclaimed as Shakespeare's most popular comedy, 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' is a play about love and obsession, jealousy and magic. 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' depicts the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus and Hippolyta, which include the comedic adventures of four young lovers and a group of amateur actors, who are controlled and manipulated by the woodland fairies.
Julie Taymor, director of the project, said: "This is one of Shakespeare's most joyful plays, celebrating every aspect of love in all of its glory. It was amazing to be able to interpret that not only in the stage production but now also transform it into a film. Instead of just having multiple cameras recording a live performance we were able to add days of shooting where we could control the setups. We literally shot on stage with moving cameras and steadicam in order to have a dynamic and immersive energy to the scenes and to show angles, close-ups and reaction shots, shots the live audience could never see. Our cameras were literally everywhere, and in post production, we had the time to edit the material as one would with a normal film while Elliot Goldenthal, the composer, could add additional music created specifically for the film.
This A Midsummer Night's Dream is a new hybrid of film and theater where the best of both worlds has the opportunity to join forces and create a unique new form of entertainment."
Producers Lynn Hendee and Ben Latham-Jones joined forces with Julie Taymor to create this exclusive filmed production. The film is produced by Ealing Studios, Londinium Films, in association with Theatre for a New Audience.
"The director who redefined spectacle on Broadway... has now given New York a Midsummer Night's Dream that doesn't so much reach for the heavens as roll around in them, with joyous but calculated abandon... For Ms. Taymor, the sky is not the limit. It's a supple canvas to be stretched and bent to the whims of the imagination." (Ben Brantley, The New York Times)
Ticket prices: $15 Adults; $12 Students. Tickets are available now by calling 603-225-1111, online at www.ccanh.com, and at the box office, located at 44 South Main Street, Concord, NH 03301, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Saturday hours Labor Day through Memorial Day only).