Hollins Theatre is presenting a lively and novel production of one of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream…in Motion!, a 60-minute express version of the play that has been charming audiences for more than 420 years, will be staged as an immersive theatre experience in multiple locations throughout the Hollins campus, November 28 – December 1.
“If you think you might enjoy running through the library stacks as if you were in the woods outside Athens chasing fairies, mechanicals, and young lovers, you may want to grab a ticket for this unique theatrical experience,” says Ernie Zulia, chair of the Hollins University theatre department, referencing the final two evenings of the show’s run at Hollins’ Wyndham Robertson Library. “Shakespeare holds a very sacred place on the Hollins campus.”
Jim Warren, distinguished visiting faculty and founding artistic director of the renowned American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Va., adapted and directs the production “Getting to work with these remarkable Hollins women has been a delight for me. Together we navigated the pleasure of Tinker Day, Ring Night, and a million other commitments that make college life at Hollins such enchanting chaos. Getting to work on this play, with this cast, in this place, and making it a movable feast of the imagination has been an honor and a privilege.”
“What a joy it has been to host this terrific Shakespearean artist here at Hollins,” Zulia adds.
Midsummer will be performed at campus locations on the following dates and times:
Wednesday, November 28, 7:30 p.m.: Upstairs Studio Theatre (must be able to climb stairs)
Thursday, November 29, 7:30 p.m.: Botetourt Reading Room
Friday, November 30, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.: Wyndham Robertson Library (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, December 1, 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.: Wyndham Robertson Library (SOLD OUT)
Admission is $10 general public, and Hollins students, faculty, and staff can obtain one free ticket each. For more information, call the Hollins Theatre Box Office at 362-6517.