New Brunswick Theater Festival Presents Free Performances Of Timeless Shakespeare Comedy

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NEW BRUNSWICK–New Brunswick Theater Festival’s production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream begins previews on Wednesday, Aug. 31 with opening night on Friday, Sept. 2. Performances will continue Wednesdays through Sundays at 8 p.m. through Saturday, Sept. 10 at the historic First Reformed Church (9 Bayard Street, New Brunswick). Admission to all performances is free.

A madcap braiding of three stories of love, magic and transformation in a spellbound forest on a midsummer night, Shakespeare’s beloved comedy throws stubborn lovers, a quintet of beleaguered artists, and a small army of temperamental fairies into the woods…where it’s impossible to emerge unchanged.

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Peter Filichia of the Star-Ledger praised last year’s production of “Romeo y Julieta” as “thrillingly staged” in its “breathtaking action.” In taking on Shakespeare’s popular comedy, coLAB seeks to infuse this production with these same qualities, paired with a blast of surprise and fun.

Directed by Rachel Klein (nominee for two 2011 New York Innovative Theater Awards), coLAB Arts’ production promises adventure, enchantment and laughter, open to audiences of all ages and backgrounds from throughout the greater New Brunswick community.

“We’re thrilled to present A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” said Dan Swern, coLAB’s co-artistic director and producer of the production. “Like last year’s Romeo and Juliet, it’s a contemporary interpretation that reflects the earnestness and energy of modern New Brunswick–and most importantly, it’s a great deal of fun for the whole family.”

The creative team for A Midsummer Night’s Dream includes Rachel Klein (director/co-costume design), Victoria Depew (scenic/co-costume design), Kimberly Dowd (lighting design), Sean Hagerty (sound design/ original music), and Casey Kaleba (fight director).

A Midsummer Night’s Dream stars Christopher Halladay, Stacie Lents, Andrew Saunders, Krystopher Mateo, Abigail Hawk, Jen Ring, Kevin Gilmartin, Kiley Oram, John P. Keller, Aaron Ballard, J. Michael Polisano, Timothy Giles, Breanna Foister and Dano Madden, with roles understudied by Paul Kite and Christina Gordon. Also featured are Elsie Sierra, Sean Moore, Jason Gaines, and Kiara Rafael, members of the Apprentice Company of New Brunswick High School students.

For more on A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the New Brunswick Theater Festival, visit www.colab-arts.org.

Left to Right:Jen Ring, John P. Keller, Kiley Oram (Photo by Siouxsie Suarez)


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