Theater by the Blind to Present Modern Midsummer at Barrow Group

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Theater by the Blind will present William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream from Jan. 27-Feb. 25, 2007, at the Barrow Group Theater, with an opening night of Feb. 3.

The six-member cast includes George Ashiotis, Nick Cordileone and Nicholas Viselli. Ike Schambelan, the company's artistic director, directs.

According to press notes, in this production, "the Athenians are Upper East Side private school kids with the look of 'Sex and the City.' They love their Manolo Blahniks, but those don't hold up very well in the forest. The mechanicals are the workers of Manhattan, the recently-arrived immigrants behind the push carts in the garment district and the counters of Korean delis. The fairies are the staff at a disco, modern day magic makers."

Set design is by Merope Vachlioti, costume design is by Christine Field and lighting design is by Bert Scott.

Theater by the Blind is a company made up of both visually impaired and sighted theatre professionals. Schambelan founded the company in 1979.

The Barrow Group Theater is at 312 W. 36 Street at 8th Avenue, New York City. Tickets are $40 and are available through SmartTix at (212) 868-4444 or For more information, visit

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