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A midummer Night’s Dream

A midummer Night’s Dream

Posted on Apr 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

Frog and Peach Theatre’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will play from April 26 to May 20, 2012 at the West End Theater, 263 West 86th St. LOVE HURTS All tickets will be $18.00. 7:30pm All Evenings, 3pm Sunday Matinees For tickets call SMARTTIX at 212-868-4444 “..An adaptation that imitates life in a celebrity couple’s entourage.” Directed by Lynnea Benson About the show: “Everybody wants to be near a star these days, except while they’re working out marital problems. “Imagine Oberon and Titania as the highest stars you could see on a weekend in New York, maybe on the level of David Bowie and Iman. They are revered but petty, earthy and accessible: fighting over human things. They, their fairies and Puck make up an entourage. Everybody wants a fairy’s job, but actually it’s a horrible position.. being a star’s assistant. Ask Puck, Cobweb, Mustard Seed, Pease-Blossom or Moth–they’ll teach you a thing or two about life in a Lauren Weisberger novel. These stars may give their blessings to mortals and do magical things to them, but everybody below them is going to have hell to pay. “The lovers–Hermia, Helena, Lysander and Demetrius–are good box office names, for right now and one notch down on the celebrity ladder. They live in a more “natural” world. Think Hugh Grant and Scarlet Johansson. They have stars’ problems. So for example, Helena had her heart broken: her boyfriend fell in love with her best friend and doesn’t want to have anything to do with her anymore. So she spends an inordinate amount of time sniffing out his intentions. Their life is typical of life among film folks, where even Harvey Weinstein has masters to serve.” About This production Directed by Lynnea Benson Assistant Director Jordan Friedman Stage Manager Kristen Renda Featuring Actors: Vivien Landau, Lenny Ciotti, Eric Doss, Alan Altschuler, Amy Frances Quint, Erick Gonzalez, Kyla D’Souza, Jonathan Reed Wexler, Treasure Davidson, Jack Sochet, Marcus Watson, David Elyha,Robert Gonyo, Alexandra Poncelet Del Sol, Ilaria Amadasi, Franziska Huber, Simon Vargas, Nozomi Kawaguchi, Brian Devera, & Stephen Siano. Music by Ian McDonald (King Crimson, Foreigner) and Ted Zurkowski. Lighting design by Leo Malkin. Costume design by Asa Benally. Movement by Tom Knutson Director Lynnea Benson has directed over two dozen Shakespeare productions for Frog and Peach including “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” “Twelfth Night,” “Cymbeline,” “Macbeth,” “As You Like It” (with Sidney Williams and Emmy-winner Camryn Grimes) “Richard III” (starring Anatol Yusef of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire); “Hamlet” (with Austin Pendleton as Claudius and The Ghost); “Richard II” (with Mr. Pendleton as Richard), “Macbeth” with Jason Kuschner in the title role, “The Merchant of Venice” and “King John” (with Oscar nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno as Blanche). Ms. Benson is Artistic Director and co-founder of Frog and Peach. About the Company Frog and Peach Theatre Company (www.frogandpeachtheatre.org), now in its fifteenth season, was co-founded by Ted Zurkowski and...

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