UWinnipeg opens season with hilarious and magical classic

Midsummer Night's Dream, ©UWinnipegt

Midsummer Night’s Dream, ©UWinnipegt

WINNIPEG, MB – A startling and beguiling University of Winnipeg production of William Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, hits the Gas Station Arts Centre from November 27 – December 1, 2018. This surprising interpretation is directed by faculty member Christopher Brauer

Midsummers is usually set in a magical forest on the eve of the Duke’s wedding,” explained Brauer. “I wanted to move it closer to the lives of the young actors who are in the show, and the many students who will see it.”

Brauer is working with set and costume designer Adam Parboosingh, who is a new UWinnipeg faculty member. This production also features enchanting lighting by department graduate Rebekah Enns and all technical work is by both junior and senior production students.

This UWinnipeg production brings together the nine members of the graduating Honours Acting class (and a pair of special guests) to play 23 characters in this play about how love can be used to destroy or to save.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream finds a pair of teenaged lovers running from marriages being forced on them by their parents, only to get caught up in a war between the King and Queen of the Fairies. Along the way they also encounter some of Shakespeare’s best comic characters, who are trying to mount a play within the play.

Later this season, Brauer will direct the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre production of Annie Baker’s play John, followed by Kander and Ebb’s Kiss of the Spiderwoman for Dry Cold Productions.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs Tuesday, November 27 through Friday, November 30 at 7:30 pm, and Saturday, December 1 at 7:00 pm at the Gas Station Arts Centre (445 River Ave).   Admission is free but reservations are recommended.  Please call our 24-hour Reservation Line at 204.786.9152, or visit UWinnipeg’s Department of Theatre and Film website at http://theatre.uwinnipeg.ca.

Based in the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film at The University of Winnipeg, the Department of Theatre and Film offers concentrations in Acting, Design, Drama in Education, Filmmaking, Playwriting, and Production/Stage Management. Our classes are small and our approach is practical.  Our faculty is comprised of highly respected and award-winning professionals who are experienced teachers and remain active in their disciplines, bringing relevant and up-to-date instruction to our students.

 MEDIA CONTACTS
Melinda Tallin, Department of Theatre and Film, University of Winnipeg
T: 204.786.9955, E:  m.tallin@uwinnipeg.ca

Christopher Brauer, Department of Theatre and Film, University of Winnipeg
T:  204-786-9006, E: c.brauer@uwinnipeg.ca

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