Island Shakespeare Festival’s 2012 summer offering is ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ opening Saturday, August 4 and running weekends through August 26. The outdoor production is on the StoryHouse Stage, located in the woods of the Chinook Land in Clinton on Whidbey Island. Directed by festival founder Rose Woods, the play is one of Shakespeare’s most popular.
William Shakespeare’s fantasy-comedy was believed to have been written between 1590-1596 and first performed in 1595. It revolves around the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus and the Queen of the Amazons, Hippolyta. Other characters include Oberon, Hermia, Titania, Helena, Puck, Lysander, Demetrius, Egeus and Philostrate.
Director Woods describes the nature of the play and its dreams in her own words: “There is something about the world being out of balance until the magic of the forest wraps around the confused lovers and rustic actors, drawing them deeper into the enchanted woods in a frolicsome romp that eventually leads to harmony, that utterly delights me,” said Woods. “Perhaps that’s the nature of dreams, whether waking or sleeping or envisioning simply our own imaginings.”
Now in its third season, the production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is free and family-friendly. Playgoers are encouraged to bring low chairs and blankets, along with a picnic dinner. Expect to be “transported into the Athenian woods with the capricious and spirited Puck as your guide.”
Performances are August 4-26 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 5 PM. It’s advised to arrive 30 minutes in advance for best seating. The StoryHouse Stage is located at 6449 Old Pietila Road in Clinton. For driving directions and more information, visit www.islandshakespearefest.org or call 360.221.1710.
Ferry Riders: Travelers may experience long lines to and from Whidbey Island in the summer. Check the Washington State Ferries’ website for the current schedule and ferry alerts.