Rehearsal for "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Adrienne Schaffler ’13, Sarah Ryan ’13, Miguel Gonzales ’14, Elizabeth Johnston ’13, Olivia Tiffany ’13, Hallie Christine Thesing ’15, Conor Mullen ’15, Skye Van Rensselaer ’13, and Caroline Burke ’13 in rehearsal for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Photo by Matthew Cohen ’13.

Shakespeare’s dream

November 9, 2012

Skidmore’s Department of Theater will present its fall 2012 main stage production, A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, under the direction of Doug Seldin. Performances are Friday through Sunday, Nov. 16–18, and Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 29–Dec. 2. All shows are in the Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater at 8 p.m. except Sunday, when matinees start at 2 p.m.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, but the play is much more than a light, exuberant farce. Mortals, mechanicals, fairies, and enchanted lovers combine to fill this Shakespearean favorite with humor, magic, and erotic love. Four lovelorn young people encounter quarrelsome fairy royalty in a magical woods. Add to this a troupe of travelling amateur actors and a bit of fairy dust, and the result is cosmically comic, playful, and dark.

Director Seldin explains, “All Shakespeare plays begin, or quickly reveal, a world in chaos and for the rest of the play the characters attempt to find their way out of that madness. In tragedies, balance is restored through death and downfall, while comedies find resolution through union (often in the form of marriage) and the creation of new life. So the questions became: What is the chaos? What is off-balance about this Athenian world?

“Through our rehearsal process, a company of exceptional Skidmore actors and designers play within the whole of the human experience, from the pits of despair to the highest peaks of joy and back again, with the hope of creating a story that allows both love and reason to finally find their way into harmony.”

For reservations, call the Skidmore Theater Box Office at 518-580-5439 or e-mail Tickets are $12 general admission and $8 for students and senior citizens. For group sales, contact Kathy Mendenhall at 518-580-5431 or

[Cover photo]
Theodoros Saroglou ’16, Billy Berger-Bailey ’13, Andrew Rousso ’13, Ashley Belle ’13, Marven Corrielus ’15, and Zachary Cohn ’16 in rehearsal for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”