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AQUILA THEATRE TO PRESENT "A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM" & "FRANKENSTEIN" IN REP AT A.R.T./NEW YORK THEATRES (APRIL 5-7)
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 10:57 am EST 02/11/19

“There are few professional classic theatre companies that can mount
productions with the iconoclastic and high-voltage energy of the
Aquila Theatre Company and will win praise from critics and scholars alike."
— The New York Times

“Aquila’s productions are beautifully spoken, dramatically revealing and crystalline in effect.”
— The New Yorker

AQUILA THEATRE
PRESENTS
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S “A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM”
AND
MARY SHELLEY’S “FRANKENSTEIN"
ADAPTED BY DESIREE SANCHEZ AND PETER MEINECK
DIRECTED BY DESIREE SANCHEZ

IN REPERTORY
ONE WEEKEND ONLY
FRIDAY APRIL 5 – SUNDAY, APRIL 7
AT THE MEZZANINE THEATRE AT A.R.T. NEW YORK THEATRES (502 W. 53RD ST.)

TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Aquila Theatre, the foremost producer of touring classical theatre in the United States, announces its next productions, William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, adapted by Desiree Sanchez and Peter Meineck. Directed by Aquila’s Executive Artistic Director Desiree Sanchez, both plays will be performed in repertory for one weekend only - Friday, April 5th through Sunday, April 7th - at the Mezzanine Theatre at A.R.T./New York Theatres (502 West 53rd Street, NYC). For tickets and more information, visit aquilatheatre.com.

The casts of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein include Harriet Barrow, Andrea Bellamore, Nicholas Charles, James Donovan, Lily Donovan, Jack Klaff and Robert Madeley.

A Midsummer Night's Dream and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has scenic and lighting design by Stevie Mackie, costume design by Lara de Bruijn and Peter Todd, sound design by Jo Walker, and projections designed by Declan Randall. The Properties Master is Lauren Jean Russell. The assistant director is James Lavender, the fight director is Tom Ziebell, and the Production Stage Manager / AV Tech is John Nehlich.

The schedule is as follows:

Friday, April 5 at 11am - A Midsummer Night's Dream
Friday, April 5 at 8pm - Frankenstein
Saturday, April 6 at 3pm - Frankenstein
Saturday, April 6 at 8pm - Frankenstein
Sunday, April 7 at 3pm - A Midsummer Night's Dream

The running time for A Midsummer Night's Dream is 2 hours, 15 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission. The running time for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is 1 hour, 50 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.

For tickets and more information, visit aquilatheatre.com.

Aquila Theatre, the foremost producer of touring classical theatre in the United States, visiting 50-60 American cities per year. The company’s mission is to bring the greatest works to the greatest number, allowing its diverse audience the opportunity to engage with classical drama of the highest quality at an affordable price right in their own community. In re-examining what constitutes a classical work, Aquila seeks to expand the canon, creating bold reinterpretations of classical plays for contemporary audiences that free the spirit of the original work and recreate the excitement of the live performance. Aquila presents its work each year in New York City, tours nationwide, provides extensive educational programming and is well known for its innovative humanities and arts based public programs. Aquila has had a steady annual presence in New York City since 2000, most recently, at the Queens Theatre in the Park in the fall of 2017, with Sense and Sensibility and Our Trojan War, at BAM in the spring of 2017. In the spring of 2016, the company performed Romeo and Juliet, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Philoctetes at the GK Arts Center in Brooklyn; in 2015, a staged workshop production of A Female Philoctetes at BAM Fisher’s Hillman Studio; in 2014, Euripides’ Herakles at the BAM Fisherman; in 2012, Shakespeare’s Macbeth at the GYM at Judson. At the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University, the company performed Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author in 2011, and in 2010, Shakespeare’s As You Like It and Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. In 2009, at the Lucille Lortel theatre, the company performed Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 and Homer’s The Iliad: Book One, and in 2007 Prometheus Bound, with David Oyelowo at Classic Stage Company. Other notable NYC theaters have been Baruch Performing Arts Center in 2004-2005, the Gerald W. Lynch Theater with a production of Agamemnon with Olympia Dukakis in 2004, The New Victory Theater in 2003 with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing at 45 Bleecker Street in 2001, and several productions at the Clark Theatre Lincoln Center from 2000-2005. Aquila has also appeared in numerous festivals and at venues around the world including performances in London, Holland, Germany, Greece, Scotland, Italy, Canada and Bermuda.

Aquila Theatre’s production of A Midsummer Night's Dream is sponsored by The National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, presenting Shakespeare in American communities. Aquila Theatre is one of 40 professional theater companies selected to participate in bringing the finest productions of Shakespeare to middle and high school students in communities across the United States.

Aquila Theatre's production of Frankenstein is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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