Celebrating a quarter of a century, the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival kicks off its anniversary year with a special, free performance of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. This fast-paced production, adapted by Trent Stephens, takes place January 16 and 17 at the Veterans Plaza outdoor amphitheater from 7 pm to 9 pm. Presented in cultural partnership with the City of Palm Beach Gardens, the free performances are sponsored by the BallenIsles Charities Foundation, Inc.
William Shakespeare’s timeless tale of enchanted couples, hapless artists and magical fairies has been edited to 90 minutes by Shakespeare veteran Trent Stephens, who received national coverage of his adaptation for a production last year at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens. “It moves quickly, but keeps all the elements of beautiful prose, humor, and of course, the magic of falling in love,” says Stephens.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, William Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, was written around 1594 or 95. It portrays the adventures of four young lovers and a group of amateur actors, their interactions with woodland fairies and a duke and duchess. Taking place in a mythical Athens and an enchanted forest, there is a handsome fairy king, a misguided parent, star-crossed lovers, a weaver who’s transformed into a half-donkey, wood sprites and elves. At its heart, it remains a tale of falling in love. But as Puck knows, falling in love can make fools of us all.
The Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival’s 25th Anniversary Season includes the January launch of Thriller Radio, on Jupiter’s WJTW FM with a theatrical performance of Sorry, Wrong Number. The Shakespeare by the Sea summer performance will be a celebration of Shakespeare with the production of the Bard’s “greatest play,” HAMLET, July 9 – 19.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM runs January 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. at the Veterans Plaza located at 10500 North Military Trail in Palm Beach Gardens. Admission is free thanks to sponsorship from the BallenIsles Charities Foundation, Inc. For more information, contact Amy Stepper, Recreation Supervisor at 561-630-1116 or visit www.pbgfl.com.
ABOUT THE PALM BEACH SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
The Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival is a 501(c)3 professional theatrical company, dedicated to bringing appreciation and understanding of live theatrical and Shakespearean works to all socioeconomic levels. The Festival has produced classic and contemporary shows to critical acclaim, for free or reduced admission, throughout Palm Beach County for 25 years. Please call 561-575-7336 or visit www.pbshakespeare.org for more information.