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‘Dream’ comes true in Aspen

Staff Report

The Shakespeare Theatre Company will present its production of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” opening Wednesday at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

The week-long, Aspen Institute and Atlantic magazine-sponsored festival will feature lectures, seminars and tutorials. The production, which Mark Lamos directed and Jef Hall-Flavin re-staged, will run at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, through Saturday, July 9, and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 9-10, at the Aspen District Theatre.

In “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” four young lovers flee to Athens to find freedom and happiness in the woods. They discover a place of enchantment, inhabited by fairies whose mischievous natures soon confuse their love affairs further.

Constance Hoffman has designed an array of fantastical costumes, using the 1920s as inspiration for Athens and the photographs of Robert Parke Harrison for the fairies. Her designs include 12-foot dresses for the fairy king and queen. Set designer Leiko Fuseya transforms the stage from the living room of an Athens palace to the mystical, moonlit forest of the fairies. Robert Wierzel’s lighting design uses shadows to emphasize the dreamlike quality of the play.

Tickets for the production are $50. Call 920-5770 or visit http://www.wheeleroperahouse.com to purchase tickets.


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