Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Ready for a midsummer night's dream?

Riverside - The 10th annual Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival opens this weekend with a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. (Richard III opens June 19th.)

"A Midsummer Night’s Dream", directed by Ron Clark, is one of Shakespeare's most magical comedies. It's a delightful romp through an enchanted forest as a quartet of mismatched lovers and a gang of hapless actors cross paths with the king and queen of the fairies. This is not the first time Riverside has done this show as part of their summer festival. Midsummer is probably the one Shakespearean play directors most often adjust to a different setting. Besides Riverside's 2003 50s-era production, I can recall a New Orleans themed version done by the University of Iowa a number of years ago. It will be interesting to see if Riverside plays it straight or mixes it up for this production. Check back for a review after the opening weekend.

To make an evening of the festival, audience members are invited to bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic in City Park. Concession items are available for sale before the show and during intermission. One hour before each main stage performance, gather at the Green Show stage (located next to the pavilion) to brush up on the plot of that night’s play with original story theatre versions of "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" and "Richard III" performed by the Festival Intern Company.

Special Family Nights and group discounts are also offered. To purchase tickets, call the box office at (319) 338-7672 or visit their website.

Schedule of performances:

Friday, June 12 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, June 13 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, June 14 at 7:00 pm

Wednesday, June 24 at 8:00 pm
Thursday, June 25 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, June 28 at 7:00 pm

Tuesday, June 30 at 7:00 pm
Thursday, July 2 at 8:00 pm
Friday, July 3 at 8:00 pm

Tuesday, July 7 at 7:00 pm
Wednesday July 8 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, July 11 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, July 12 at 7:00 pm

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