Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College opens its 2010-2011 Theater Series on Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 3pm with Aquila Theatre Company’s production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
“The classics made relevant with superb acting and clever staging.”
-- The New Yorker
Set against a classical Athenian backdrop, Aquila Theatre Company’s imaginative interpretation of Shakespeare’s timeless comedy deals with the universal theme of love and its attendant complications: passion, lust, frustration, depression, confusion, and, of course, marriage. Aquila weaves a web of theatrical magic that will take audiences to the heart of an enchanted forest, the injustice of the Athenian court, and the political strife of the fairy kingdom. The plot focuses on the trials and experiences of two sets of lovers, the Fairy King and Queen and their servants, and a group of rude mechanicals attempting to stage a play for the wedding of the Duke of Athens. At the heart of the story is the Fairy King’s servant, the impish Puck, whose magic creates an endless supply of mirth, mistaken identity, and absolutely ludicrous passions. This production’s off-Broadway run was praised by The New York Times as “timely and pleasing… [a production that] soothes the eye and tickles the funny bone.”
The cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream includes Sarah Amankwah, Matthew Clancy, Howard Crossley, Andrew French, Jessica Tomchak, Alinka Wright, and Owen Young. The creative team includes Kenn Sabberton (director), Peter Meineck & Kenn Sabberton (set design), Heidi Buckingham & Louise Handford (costumiers), Peter Meineck (lighting design) and Nate Terracio (production manager).
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College
Walt Whitman Theatre, 2900 Campus Road, Brooklyn
Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 3pm
Tickets: $27 ($30 at door)
Online orders: BrooklynCenterOnline.org
Box Office: (718) 951-4500, Tuesday – Saturday, 1pm – 6pm
Groups of 15 or more: (718) 951-4600, ext. 33
This tour of Aquila Theatre Company is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
About the Company: Brooklyn Performing Arts Center at Brooklyn College
Established in 1954, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College (BCBC) is a community-based presenting organization located on the scenic campus of Brooklyn College. The mission of BCBC is to present outstanding performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn’s diverse communities, at affordable prices. A central part of BCBC’s mission is to introduce young people to the performing arts, enhance their creativity, and expose them to new cultures and ideas. As one of the largest arts education presenters in the Brooklyn, BCBC annually welcomes over 70,000 people, including 46,000 schoolchildren, parents, and teachers.
BCBC is committed to presenting emerging and established artists from around the world. Artists and companies that have graced the BCBC stage include Luciano Pavarotti, Isaac Stern, Gregory Hines, Beverly Sills, Ray Charles, Itzhak Perlman, Martha Graham, Suzanne Farrell, Margot Fonteyn, Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández, Les Ballets Africains, Moiseyev Dance Company, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, The Acting Company, and National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica.
BCBC works with partners such as Brooklyn College and the Brooklyn Arts Council to present innovative programming such as “Brooklyn On My Mind,” a literary discussion series focusing on Brooklyn writers, and “Folk Feet,” a free event celebrating the rich folk dance traditions of Brooklyn’s diverse communities.
Open: Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 3pm
Close: Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 5pm
Theater: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Address: Whitman Theater, 2900 Campus Road
Brooklyn, Ne 11210
Cost:Advance Tickets: $27; At the Door: $30
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Brooklyn Center Box Office at 718-951-4500