Coming to Third Street Park next weekend
It’s the 30th anniversary of Shakespeare in the Park and we’re celebrating by bringing back to life the very first Shakespeare in the Park we ever did – a Midsummer Night’s Dream!
Benjamin Watkins, our musical director for this show, says,
“Very rarely do we have the privilege of two absolutely brilliant minds meeting in the context of one work of art, but with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, we have just that. Felix Mendelssohn engaged in a very close reading of Shakespeare’s play, and in the process of composing music to accompany the stage play, he not only illustrated the story, but also passed into immortality thanks to the profundity and beauty of his deeply inspired musical vision.
In these humble outdoor performances, you will find artists of all ranks exploring the treasures that have been bequeathed to humanity. You will see children learning to speak, and to think for all of us; you will hear classical musicians of the highest caliber deftly execute some of the most difficult passages in the standard repertoire, and everything in between. It is our hope that these experiences will remind us of the power of dreaming, and of the limitless nature of human potential.
We’re excited to see you NEXT weekend!
September 12-14 at 7:00pm, September 15 at 3:00pm. As always, Shakespeare in the Park is FREE! Donations will be accepted. Come, join the merriment and celebrate 30 years of Shakespeare with us!