Following 2017’s triumphant portrayal of Henry V, NYC’s Shakespeare in the Square returns to Arts at the Palace on April 13th- 14th at 7pm for two special performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Featuring Felix Birdie (Lysander), Estefania Giraldo (Hermia), Beth Ann Hopkins (Titania), Melissa Mahoney (Helena), Constantine Malahias (Demetrius) and Rebeca Miller (Puck), A Midsummer Night’s Dream is directed by Dan Hasse and sponsored by NBT Bank.

Founded in 2010, SHAKESPEARE IN THE SQUARE is a company dedicated to performing classics to the hilt. SITS has produced ten of Shakespeare’s plays in Washington Square Park. Their first indoor production, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, ran for four weeks at The Gym at Judson, an Off-Broadway theatre across the street from their outdoor stage. SITS Company Members have worked on Broadway (The Heidi Chronicles, This is Our Youth), Off-Broadway (Punchdrunk, Theatre for a New Audience), TV (“Law and Order,” “The Affair” on Showtime), and Regional Theater (Signature Theatre, American Shakespeare Center). When they’re not performing, Company Members also teach workshops and classes at schools up and down the East Coast. To learn more about Shakespeare in the Square, visit www.shakespeareinthesquare.com.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies, has been called “enchanting” and “lyrical.” We all know that it is the comedy with a cast list that includes fairies and a character (Nick Bottom, a weaver) who awakes from a sleep to find himself wearing a donkey’s head. But what else should we know before we see a performance?

Susan Cerasano, beloved Colgate professor and Edgar W.B. Fairchild Professor of Literature, will present a one session tour of Shakespeare’s comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream on April 10th from 1:30pm – 2:45pm in the community room of the Hamilton Public Library.

This one-hour course is intended as a very brief introduction to the play in advance of the production by Shakespeare in the Square at Arts at the Palace. In something of a whirlwind tour, Professor Cerasano will review the plot of this complex drama, along with some current critical approaches to the text. She will also offer a few production notes from recent performances and reserve some time for questions from those who are reading the play for the first or the tenth time. Bring your own copy or purchase the very approachable and budget-conscious Folger edition at the Colgate Bookstore. Register for this class by calling 1-315- 228-6623 or by emailing llp@colgate.edu. There is a $5 charge for those not yet members of Lifelong Learning.

Arts at the Palace is a community arts organization dedicated to presenting, developing and expanding the reach of the arts within the Central New York region. Tickets are $20. Limited seating available per night. To purchase tickets, call 315-824-1420 or visit www.artsatthepalace.org.

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