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Photo Flash: First Look at Independent Shakespeare Co's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

This summer spend a bewitching night with A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at the GRIFFITH PARK FREE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL. Independent Shakespeare Co. celebrates the 15th anniversary season of free Shakespeare in Los Angeles City Parks. The Old Zoo will be transformed into an enchanted forest with an all-new production that envelops the audience with the action of the play. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, directed by Independent Shakespeare Co.'s Artistic Director, Melissa Chalsma, will begin previews at THE GRIFFITH PARK FREE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL on Saturday, June 30 at 7pm and will open on Saturday, July 7 at 7:00pm and perform through Sunday, September 2 at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park. All ISC Summer Shakespeare productions are FREE to the public! A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM is the first of two productions being presented at this year's GRIFFITH PARK FREE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL. TITUS ANDRONICUS will open July 28 and then the plays will run in repertory through September 2.

It's hard to tell where reality ends and dreams begin in this intoxicating joyride of a play. Otherworldly creatures, lovers on the run, and a group of amateur actors all converge in a deep forest outside of Athens. When their worlds collide, chaos ensues and nothing but magic has the power to set things right before the sun comes up.

Comments ISC Artistic Director Melissa Chalsma, "Audiences and families love A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. It is one of Shakespeare's most complex and gratifying plays, and one of his most sophisticated. In it, Shakespeare creates a world that is as confounding as it is magical. It's intricately plotted, intersecting storylines evoke a complex world full of unseen forces."

Managing Director David Melville says, "This is a thrilling year! Not only is it our 15th anniversary of free Shakespeare in Los Angeles City Parks, but we'll be rounding out the summer with the groundbreaking of the Griffith Park Performing Arts Stage Project. This is a $4 million project by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks at ISC's performance site at the Old Zoo."

For more information, please call (818) 710-6306 or online at www.iscla.org

Photo Credit: Grettel Cortes Photography

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Photo Flash: First Look at Independent Shakespeare Co's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Evan Lewis Smith (Oberon) & Aisha Kabia (Titania)

Photo Flash: First Look at Independent Shakespeare Co's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Evan Lewis Smith (Oberon) & Kelvin Morales (Puck)

Photo Flash: First Look at Independent Shakespeare Co's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Bukola Ogunmola (Peaseblossom) & Kelvin Morales (Puck)

Photo Flash: First Look at Independent Shakespeare Co's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Evan Lewis Smith (Oberon), Aisha Kabia (Titania) and in back, Kelvin Morales (Puck)

Photo Flash: First Look at Independent Shakespeare Co's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Bukola Ogunmola (Peaseblossom), David Melville (Bottom), Aisha Kabia (Titania), Rachel Li (Spirit), Darien Ramirez (Spirit)

Photo Flash: First Look at Independent Shakespeare Co's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Daniel Jimenez, Rachel Li, Patrick Batiste, William Elsman (Spirits)

Photo Flash: First Look at Independent Shakespeare Co's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Julia Aks (Helena), Katie Powers-Faulk (Hermia), Xavi Moreno (Lysander), Jose Acain (Demetrius)

Photo Flash: First Look at Independent Shakespeare Co's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
William Elsman (Peter Quince), Richard Azurdia (Snug), David Melville (Nick Bottom), Daniel Jimenez (Starveling), Patrick Batiste (Snout), Bukola Ogunmola (Flute)


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