The Geneva Theater Guild (GTG) and Hobart and William Smith are bringing one of William Shakespeare’s magical, sweet comedies to the community. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Christopher Hatch, will open in Bartlett Theatre on Nov. 1, with performances on Nov. 2, 3, 7, 8 and 9.
“I am excited the community will get a new look at HWS theatre,” says Hatch. “We look forward to welcoming back theatre goers who haven’t viewed one of our shows recently.”
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” focuses on two couples in love with the wrong partners, finally brought together rightly, thanks in part to the work of a bungling fairy named “Puck.” It is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works for the stage and is widely performed internationally.
“Early Shakespeare plays are easier to understand – and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is a comedy – so it is fun to perform and watch,” explains Hatch, whose academic specialty is Shakespeare. “It is a magical play with fun movement.” He notes the set is modern, and filled with fairies who fight.
Members of the HWS and greater Geneva communities were invited to audition and nearly a quarter of the cast are from the Geneva community. For most of the ensemble, this is their first time performing Shakespeare.
The roles of the lovers are played by Tyler Hatton-Bullock ’14; Devyn Workman ’15; Amy van Loon ’14 and Richard Yackel ’16. The cast is also comprised of: Chatham-Rose Anastasi ’16; Daniel Bullock; Wesley Cady ’15; Andrew Coleburn ’16; Will Conard-Malley ’17; Ashley De Los Santos ’17; Pat Fegley; Maxwell Malbouf ’14; Nora McKay; Anna Miano ’16; Steve Mitchell; Shannon Savard ’15; Ben Scheibel ’14; Mimi Scott ’16; Walker Ward ’16; Associate Registrar Carl Webster P’13; Grace Weiner’15; Paul Wenderlich; Sara Winant ’15; Nicole Zanghi ’14 and Hatch’s dog Portia.
This collaborative production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is made possible through a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.
The offering is part of the Geneva 2020 initiative launched between the Geneva School District and HWS.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” takes place Nov. 1,2, 7, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. in Bartlett Theatre, Coxe Hall. Seating is limited and tickets are available at Area Records and Music, the UPS Store and at the door. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens. A limited number of ticket vouchers are available to HWS students and may be picked up at the College Store. For more information contact Eleanor Stearns at 315-789-8985.