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Theatre Northwest presents Shakespeare's “A Midsummer Night's Dream” April 9-12 with San Francisco during the 1960s as the backdrop.

Theatre Northwest presents Shakespeare's “A Midsummer Night's Dream” April 9-12 with San Francisco during the 1960s as the backdrop. (Photo by Darren Whitley/Northwest Missouri State University)

April 2, 2015

Northwest to present ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ April 9-12

“A Midsummer Night's Dream” depicts a fantastical journey through the woods on the shortest night of the year, with lovers and fairies coming together to create a masterpiece of literature. (Photo by Darren Whitley/Northwest Missouri State University)

“A Midsummer Night's Dream” depicts a fantastical journey through the woods on the shortest night of the year, with lovers and fairies coming together to create a masterpiece of literature.(Photo by Darren Whitley/Northwest Missouri State University)

San Francisco during the 1960s serves as the backdrop as Northwest Missouri State University presents one of Shakespeare's most beloved plays, “A Midsummer Night's Dream,” with four performances April 9-12.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. April 9-11 and 2 p.m. April 12 in the Mary Linn Auditorium at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.

“A Midsummer Night's Dream” depicts a fantastical journey through the woods on the shortest night of the year, with lovers and fairies coming together to create a masterpiece of literature. The king and queen of the fairies are fighting, and in doing so, meddle in the lives of four human lovers stumbling through an enchanted wood on a quest for true love. As a few of the lovers are drugged by a love potion meant for the Queen, signals are crossed and confusion abounds, but all is right in the end.

Written in 1596, the play is one of Shakespeare's most beloved and his most frequently produced comedy.  

“The play still offers us a very human, relatable account of love found, lost, then found again, and lends itself to many different directorial concepts,” said Katheryn Bilbo, the play’s director and an assistant professor of theatre at Northwest. “I have chosen to place our version in 1967 San Francisco – during the ‘Summer of Love’ and height of the hippie, free love movement, which centered around the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. The lovers’ flight, against the will of Hermia’s father, into Golden Gate Park – our stand-in for Shakespeare’s forest – reflects the tearing down of the more conservative viewpoint of the ’50s into the more liberal and socially relaxed ‘60s.”

Tickets are $8 for general admission and may be purchased in person between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Student Services Center on the first floor of the Administration Building, by phone at 660.562.1212 or at the door beginning one hour before the show.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468