Genre: Classical, Comedy
by William Shakespeare, John Ficarra

One of Shakespeare's early comedies, "A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM" explores the themes of love, dreams and the creative imagination. The play's complex plot involves two sets of couples-Hermia and Lysander, and Helena and Demetrius-whose romances are complicated when they find themselves in the enchanted woods ruled by King and Queen of Fairies. Thrown into the mix are the impish Puck and Bottom the weaver and his band, adding further mischief to the story.

Without layering an unnecessary concept on top of the show, director John Ficarra explores the flipside of the "dream," drawing inspiration more from the dark slumber of winter than an airy summer nap. Much like the Bard's play itself, Ficarra's vision is both lyrical and truly original.

About the Company: Vital Theatre Company

VITAL THEATRE COMPANY is a community of artists who believe that a shared theatrical experience profoundly affects people's lives. The company creates stories that challenge its audience to ask questions, make discoveries and engage in dialogue. Programming includes Vital Main Stage, which produces work for adults on the main stage, and Vital Signs New Works Festival, a series of one-act plays. Vital Children's Theatre commissions, develops and produces new musicals performed by adults for families. To date the company has seen 28 plays and musicals go on to publication. Vital Theatre Company's Arts in Education Programs have reached over 60 schools and 15,000 students through live performances, post-show workshops and long-term residencies with schools in! cluding Fordham School for the Arts, New Explorers High School in the Bronx and Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School.

Open:   01/06/06
Close:   01/28/06

Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.
Sundays at 6:00 p.m
Additional performances: Monday January 9th and Saturday, January 14th at 7pm
Theater:   McGinn Cazale Theatre
Address:   2162 Broadway
New York, NY 10024
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Presented by: Vital Theatre Company         Official Web Site: www.vitaltheatre.org