A Midsummer Night's Dream; July 4 through Sept. 7



Posted by Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum on June 13, 19109 at 12:07:41:

"A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM"
Theatricum's signature production returns to
delight audiences in the Topanga woods.

Dine with fairies every Thursday night in August.

TOPANGA, CA - The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum brings back its award-winning, signature production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, an audience favorite set against an enchanted forest backdrop unrivaled by any other theater - because it's the real thing. Theatricum Botanicum's outdoor stage, the most magical setting in Los Angeles, is once again transformed into an enchanted fairy forest July 4 through September 7.

In a place of enchantment inhabited by lovers both fairy and human, three worlds collide: the unrequited loves of Demetrius, Lysander, Hermia and Helena; a rehearsal of the Pyramus and Thisby legend by a group of Rustics; and the domestic troubles in the land of the fairies. Shakespeare's powerful language evokes a brilliant world of wonder, magic and romance, where confusions are resolved and all is reconciled through midsummer night revelries and faith in the power of nature.

Also back this season are Theatricum's "A Midsummer Night's Feast" dinners every Thursday in August. The Greek-themed buffet meal, with a costumed cast of fairies in attendance, begins at 6:30 pm in the theater's adjacent gardens, followed by an 8 pm performance (separate admission, or combo packages available).

In addition to A Midsummer Night's Dream, Theatricum's 2009 Summer Repertory Season includes Shakespeare's exuberant romance Cymbeline ("Critic's Choice" - Los Angeles Times, "GO" - LA Weekly) and his gripping political thriller, Julius Caesar - both currently running and continuing through the end of September; a freely adapted update of The Cherry Orchard that resets Anton Chekhov's poignant comedy in Virginia just after the Civil Rights movement (opening June 27); and Moliere's serio-comic tale about a man whose love for his money is greater than his love for his children, The Miser (opening July 25).

Unlike most theaters in the Los Angeles area that stage continuous runs of a single play, the Theatricum performs the five plays on a rotating basis. In August, when all five plays are up and running, it will be possible to see a performance of each in a single weekend.

A Midsummer Night's Dream runs on Saturdays at 4 pm on July 4, 11, 18; Thursdays at 8 pm on August 6, 13, 20, 27; and on Monday, September 7 (Labor Day) at 6:30 pm. Audiences at the Saturday, July 18 performance are invited to participate in a pre-show discussion beginning at 3 pm.

Tickets are $30.00 (lower tier) and $20.00 (upper tier); seniors, students, Iraq war veterans, and members of Equity pay only $20 and $15; children ages 5-12 are $10; children under 5 are free. Thursday night "Midsummer Night's Feast" Greek-themed buffet dinners on August 6, 13, 20 and 27 are $42 for adults; $32 for teens 13-18; and $17 for children 12 and under, and include a ticket to the performance (advance reservations required).

The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum is located at 1419 North Topanga Canyon Blvd. in Topanga, midway between Malibu and the San Fernando Valley. For tickets and information, call (310) 455-3723 or visit online at www.theatricum.com.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream
WHAT:
A Midsummer Night's Dream - Theatricum brings back its award-winning, signature production, an audience favorite with a set design unrivaled by any other theater - because it's the real thing. The most magical outdoor setting in Los Angeles is once again transformed into an enchanted fairy forest inhabited by lovers both fairy and human - a world of wonder, magic and romance where comical misunderstandings and the pain of unrequited love are resolved, and all is reconciled through midsummer night revelries and the enduring power of nature. "A Midsummer Night's Feast" Greek-themed buffet meals, with a costumed cast of fairies in attendance, take place every Thursday in August at 6:30 pm in the theater's adjacent gardens, followed by an 8 pm performance (separate admission, or combo packages available).

WHO:
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Melora Marshall
Starring Melissa Camilo, Abby Craden, Matt Ducati, Thad Geer, Willow Geer, Ira Heinichen, Natalie Jones, Michael McFall, Lexi Pearl, Earnestine Phillips, David Pintado, Meredith Sweeney, Elizabeth Tobias, Jeff Wiesen

WHEN:
July 4 through through September 7:
Saturdays at 4 pm: July 4, 11, 18*
Thursdays at 8 pm: August 6, 13, 20, 27
Monday at 6:30 pm: September 7 (Labor Day)
*Prologue (pre-show discussion): Saturday, July 18 at 3:00 pm (included in ticket price)

WHERE:
The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Topanga CA 90290
(midway between Pacific Coast Highway and the Ventura Freeway)

HOW:
(310) 455-3723 or www.theatricum.com

TICKETS:
Adults: $30 (lower tier); $20 (upper tier)
Seniors, Students, Equity: $20/$15
Children (5-11): $10
Children under 5: free
Thursday night combo: Play and "Midsummer Night's Feast":
Dinner:$42 (adults);$32 (teens 13-18); $17 (children 12 and under)
includes a Greek-themed buffet dinner and a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream; advance reservations required

OTHER:
The outdoor amphitheater at The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum is terraced into the hillside of the rustic canyon. Audience members are advised to dress casually (warmly for evenings) and bring cushions for bench seating. Snacks are available at the Hamlet Hut, and picnickers are welcome before and after the performance.

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