THE MERRY MONTH OF MAY

Genre: Festival

Celebrate the Call of the Birds and the Bees with some classic Shakespeare comedies and a newer farce in the classic tradition at the Merry Month of May Festival - presented by MoonBeam.Net Productions at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, located at 303 West 42nd Street beginning April 30th.

The highlight of the Festival will be Jason Shilling Kendall's THE DENTIST or BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PUT IN YOUR MOUTH. Set in both "long ago" and "right now," the work combines farce, the art of clowning, extreme physicality and the Commedia dell'Arte style - all to ensure that true love conquers all, those who are misguided learn the error of their ways (with a little help) and everyone (or most everyone) lives happily ever after.

THE DENTIST will be joined at the Merry Month of May Festival by four classic Shakespeare comedies – A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL and TWELFTH NIGHT. Works that deal with lovers, liars, fairies, schemers, deception and mistaken identities – not to mention a bit of cross-dressing now and then. In addition, on Friday and Saturday nights at 10:30pm (after THE DENTIST ) is DONNA'S LATE-NIGHT CABARET – a revue of the music of award-winning composer Donna Stearns, featuring original music to many of Shakespeare's bawdy and soulful lyrics.

All Plays Are Equity Showcases

Open:   04/30/06
Close:   05/27/06

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THE DENTIST or BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PUT IN YOUR MOUTH
written by Jason Shilling Kendall
directed by Blake Bradford
May 4th – May 27th
Thursday-Saturday at 8pm

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
by William Shakespeare
directed by Lon Blais
Sunday, April 30th – Wednesday, May 3rd at 8pm

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
by William Shakespeare
directed by Jerry Marco
musical director: Talia Segal
Sunday, May 7th – Wednesday, May 10th at 8pm

ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL
by William Shakespeare
directed and adapted by Stephen Wargo
Sunday, May 14th – Wednesday, May 17th at 8pm

TWELFTH NIGHT
by William Shakespeare
directed by James Alexander Bond
original music composed by Donna Stearns
Sunday, May 21st to Wednesday, May 24th at 8pm

DONNA'S LATE-NIGHT CABARET
music, book and direction by Donna Stearns
Choreographed by Ria Mae Binaoro
Performance dates: May 5th – May 26th
Friday and Saturday at 10:30pm


Theater:   Manhattan Repertory Theatre
Address:   303 West 42nd Street
New York, NY
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Cost:$18.00, $10.00 for the Late Night Cabaret
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Company: Moonbeam.net Productions         Official Web Site: www.moonbeam.net