"A Midsummer Night's Dream" with six actors playing all the parts -- roles randomized at each performance
posted April 29, 2011 9:46 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Thu May 5 at 8:00 PM, Access Theatre
380 Broadway, New York, NY, USA (Map & Directions)
This production of Shakespeare's comedy features mefite Evangeline and is directed by another mefite, grumblebee. Every actor has memorized multiple roles. At each performance, the audience chooses which actor plays which part. Tickets are normally $18. We're making $15 tickets available to metafilter members. Use the code word MEFI when reserving seats. Details inside.
Six actors have memorized all the roles.
YOU choose which part they'll play.

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare -
Tickets $15 with code MEFI

"Whether you're familiar with the poetic language of Shakespeare's plays or not, the actors make sure the action is impossible to not follow. They work very well individually, but better still as a group." - talkingbroadway.com

Folding Chair Classical Theatre presents

by William Shakespeare

Tickets $15 with code MEFI for all performances at www.SmartTix.com or call 212-868-4444

Folding Chair Classical Theatre takes Shakespeare's comedy of magical transformation to hilarious extremes as our highly-trained six-member ensemble takes on all 21 roles in a madcap, fairy-populated, magic-filled slumber party.

But just to keep things interesting, the company will not know which set of roles they will be playing that night until right before curtain time. Each performance promises a different fairy queen in love with different ass-headed weaver, as lovers woo and fairies fight (and some guys just want to rehearse in peace) in all sorts of new combinations, to the stylings of a psyche-funkadelic score. Which casting will you see? We have no idea.

Director Marcus Geduld and Folding Chair Classical Theatre return to Shakespeare with the small-cast, big-adventure aesthetic they brought to acclaimed productions of Pericles, Cymbeline, Much Ado About Nothing and The Winter's Tale. Join us for the magic!

Performances May 5-June 4, Thurs.-Sat. at 8PM, Sun at 2PM.
Extra performance June 4 at 2PM.
No performance May 8, 27, 28, or 29.
At Access Theatre, 380 Broadway between Walker and White Street.

Tickets only $15 with code MEFI. Click here to order or call 212-868-4444


"Erin Beirnard's Rosalind is wistful and brave, and appealingly girly despite her boyish disguise ..."
- First Things Online

"[Chris] Richards ... has comedic grace that borders on the balletic."
- Cleveland Scene

"With performances especially from [Lisa] Blankenship ... and [Gowan] Campbell, this show became so much larger than any set could have given it."
- The Happiest Medium's review of Folding Chair's The Duchess of Malfi

"[Lisa] Blankenship is utterly heartbreaking."
- talkingbroadway.com review of Folding Chair's The Winter's Tale

"Marcus Geduld's spearheading direction ... turns the text into a passionate animal."
- PBS's Theatre Talk review of Folding Chair's Cymbeline


"A lovely evening in the theater that leaves one with a smile and a longing for a
boilermaker or at least a pint of Guinness."
- offoffonline.com on The Weir, 2010

"Fresh, gutsy, and exciting...another jewel in Folding Chair's crown."
- New Theater Corps, the blog of PBS's Theater Talk, on Cymbeline, 2008

"[A] bracing revival...the entire cast delivers with passion and intelligence."
- Back Stage on Folding Chair's production of Our Country's Good, 2008

"superbly directed and acted...a cast that will wow you."
- New Theater Corps, the blog of PBS's Theater Talk on Our Country's Good, 2008

"tak[es] each moment and allow[s] it to spiral into chaos - and bring[s] the audience with it, thrilled and horrified."
- thehappiestmedium.com on The Duchess of Malfi, 2009

"Fresh, gutsy, and exciting...another jewel in Folding Chair's crown."
- New Theater Corps, the blog of PBS's Theater Talk on Cymbeline, 2008

"A thoroughly enjoyable production."
- nytheatre.com on Pericles, 2009

"Passionately work[s its] way through the many layers of the play. This is a wonderful production."
- nytheatre.com on Benefactors, 2008
posted by grumblebee to Performance (4 comments total)

DAMN IT, if I had known how much wonderful stuff was going to happen on May 5th, I would have never scheduled my knitting meetup for that night. I definitely want to see the show, but it'll have to be some other night. (Pout)
posted by miss-lapin at 11:45 AM on May 1, 2011

It's playing for a month, so you can have your cake and knit it, too!
posted by grumblebee at 4:17 AM on May 3, 2011

Hey, grumblebee - now that opening night is in the past, maybe you could change the date on this event to the closing night performance so it will stay in the "Upcoming events near you" IRL sidebar? I know I want to see this show, but I also know I'm likely to space out and forget to pick a night until it's too late, without some prompting by the sidebar.
posted by oh yeah! at 10:00 AM on May 7, 2011

oh yeah!, it wouldn't let me edit my post (because the post had expired), so I created a new one.

It would be great to see you there!
posted by grumblebee at 1:25 PM on May 7, 2011

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