A New Yawk version of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream--the locals call it A Midsumma Night's Dream, of course--will open Aug. 12 and run through Sept. 24 at the Knightsbridge Theatre, Los Angeles. Joseph Stachure produces and directs.
Set in Central Park, the mixed-up Manhattan lovers find themselves under the magical influence of the mischievous fairy Oberon and his invisible servant Puck. Oberon has an affair going with Titania, who herself is a powerful fairy. Titania conjures some magical spells and lays them on a member of the subplot leader, Bottom. A group of would-be performers--with monikers like Slug, Rita Winte and Fluke the Pheasant Plucker-- finds a corner of the park to rehearse an improvised drama for the amusement of the mayor. Oh, yeah, there are lots of homeless young people hanging around the premises as well.
Also opening at Knightsbridge Theatre, Los Angeles is the musical Godspell, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and direction by Dana Moran Williams. It will run Aug. 3-Sept. 24, alternating in rep with A Midsumma Night's Dream.
Williams' production was introduced last spring at the Knightsbridge's Pasadena home base and was a big commercial and critical success for the company. Williams has integrated American Sign Language into the story.
Knightsbridge Theatre, Los Angeles is located at 1944 Riverside Drive in L.A. For tickets and information call (626) 440- 0821. -- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent