Broadway's Sara Topham, Bruce Dow, Nancy Anderson Share A Midsummer Night's Dream in DC Nov. 15-Dec. 30
By Kenneth Jones
The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC, has enlisted Stratford Shakespeare Festival favorites Sara Topham and Bruce Dow to be among the woods-dwelling characters in A Midsummer Night's Dream, beginning performances Nov. 15 at STC's Sidney Harman Hall.
Ethan McSweeny (Much Ado About Nothing, The Merchant of Venice) directs. STC is the recipient of the 2012 Regional Theatre Tony Award. Performances play to Dec. 30.
Dow (who plays Nick Bottom) appeared as Herod in Broadway's Jesus Christ Superstar, and Topham (the Fairy Queen Titania and Hippolyta) was Gwendolyn in the recent Broadway staging of The Importance of Being Earnest. Both of those productions had their roots at the Stratford Festival in Ontario.
"Under McSweeny's direction," according to STC notes, "theatre, magic, ghosts and fairies become one in the ruins of an abandoned theatre. The stunning stage within a stage, intricate costumes and innovative use of props all provide a feast for the imagination."
The fantastical comedy concerns mismatched lovers Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius and Helena, who flee to the forest outside Athens, encountering supernatural elements that alter their destinies.
The company also includes Stratford veteran Tim Campbell as Theseus/Oberon; Adam Green as the King's Butler Philostrate and the impish fairy Puck; Robert Beitzel (Off-Broadway's In Masks Outrageous and Austere) as Lysander; Christiana Clark (Off-Broadway's Pure Confidence) as Helena; Chris Myers (10x25 at Atlantic Stage 2) as Demetrius; Amelia Pedlow (STC's The Merchant of Venice) as Hermia; with Nancy Anderson as Fairy, Christopher Bloch as Starveling, Robert Dorfman as Snug, David Graham Jones as Francis Flute, Lawrence Redmond as Egeus, Herschel Sparber as Tom Snout and DC favorite Ted van Griethuysen as Peter Quince. Ensemble members include Maxwell Balay, John Bambery, Jacqui Jarrold, Joe Mallon, Max Reinhardsen, Rohan Saxena, Gracie Terzian, Jessica Thorne and Katherine Turner.
The creative team includes scenic designer Lee Savage, composer and sound designer Fitz Patton, costume designer Jennifer Moeller, lighting designer Tyler Micoleau, choreographer Peter Pucci, production stage manager Joseph Smelser, stage manager Brandon Prendergast and assistant stage manager Hannah O'Neil. Jenny Lord serves as the assistant director.
For tickets and information, call (202) 547-1122 or visit ShakespeareTheatre.org.
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