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July 31 – September 4, 2022
(Opening night: Saturday, August 6, 2022)
Lowell Davies Festival Theatre
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Patricia McGregor
Fall under the spell of Shakespeare’s most joyful and popular comedy. Filled with magic, humor, music, and spectacle, the merriment unfolds in an enchanted forest where fairies play tricks on unsuspecting lovers and bumbling actors are transformed beyond their wildest dreams. With a magic potion that grants love at first sight, anything can, and does, happen!
Running time: Two hours. There is one intermission.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is supported by lead production sponsor Darlene Marcos Shiley, with additional support from Ann Davies, Globe Guilders, Gillian and Tony Thornley, Vicki and Carl Zeiger, and artist sponsors Sue and Edward "Duff" Sanderson (for director Patricia McGregor). This production is supported in part by the Jean and Gary Shekhter Fund for Classic Theatre.
William Shakespeare (Playwright), 1564–1616, was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's preeminent dramatist. During his career he wrote 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and other verses. His body of plays consists of the tragedies Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, King Lear, Macbeth, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Timon of Athens, Titus Andronicus, and Troilus and Cressida; the comedies All’s Well That Ends Well, As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Two Noble Kinsmen; the romances Cymbeline, Pericles, The Tempest, and The Winter’s Tale; and the histories Henry IV Parts I and II, Henry V, Henry VI Parts I, II, and III, Henry VIII, King John, Richard II, and Richard III. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
Patricia McGregor (Director) (she/her/hers) Artistic Director of New York Theatre Workshop. The Old Globe: Resident Artist; Shakespeare: Call and Response, Krapp’s Last Tape, What You Are, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure. Selected directing: Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole (Geffen Playhouse, People’s Light), Last of the Love Letters (Atlantic), Skeleton Crew (Geffen Playhouse), Good Grief (Center Theatre Group), Hamlet (Public Theater), Place (BAM, LA Phil), The Parchman Hour (Guthrie), Ugly Lies the Bone (Roundabout), A Raisin in the Sun, The Winter’s Tale, Spunk (California Shakespeare Theater), Hurt Village (Signature). Broadway: 24 Hour Plays. Tour consultant: J. Cole, Raphael Saadiq, Adam Driver’s Arts in the Armed Forces. Education: M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama (Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow, Artistic Director of Yale Cabaret).
David Israel Reynoso (Scenic and Costume Design) The Old Globe: El Borracho, Scrooge, Hair, As You Like It, The Tempest, The Wanderers, Red Velvet, The Blameless, tokyo fish story, Constellations, Twelfth Night, Arms and the Man, Water by the Spoonful, Time and the Conways, Double Indemnity, Be a Good Little Widow. Theatre: Optika Piñata, Portaleza, Las Quinceañeras, Waking La Llorona (as creator/director, Optika Moderna/La Jolla Playhouse), Sleep No More (Punchdrunk), ACT, ART, Arena, Finnish Ballet, Portland Center Stage, WP, Seattle Rep, others. Further work: Teatro Piñata (New Children’s Museum), Hostile Terrain 94, PostSecret, Living with Animals (Museum of Us). Obie Award, Creative Catalyst Grant. davidreynoso.com, @designreynoso on Instagram.
Stephen Strawbridge (Lighting Design) The Old Globe: The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, King Richard II, Double Indemnity, Othello, The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Over 200 productions on and Off Broadway, regionally, and at most major U.S. opera houses. International: Bergen, Copenhagen, The Hague, Hong Kong, Linz, Lisbon, Munich, Naples, Sao Paulo, Stratford-upon-Avon (Royal Shakespeare Company), Stockholm, Vienna, Wroclaw. Awards/nominations: American Theatre Wing, Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, Connecticut Critics Circle, Dallas-Fort Worth Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Helen Hayes, Hewes Design, Lucille Lortel. Other: Chair of the Lighting Program at David Geffen School of Drama at Yale.
Melanie Chen Cole (Sound Design) (she/her) The Old Globe: Noura, Tiny Beautiful Things, The Imaginary Invalid. The Old Globe/USD Shiley M.F.A. Program: Henry IV, Part I, Detroit ’67, Oedipus Tyrannus, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Promise, The Visit, Twelfth Night, Stupid F**king Bird, Our Town, Cloud 9, Three Sisters, Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Pericles. Regional: Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Alley Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Dallas Theater Center, Geffen Playhouse, Goodman Theatre, Huntington, Indiana Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, PlayMakers Rep, South Coast Rep, Utah Shakespeare Festival. Education: M.F.A. in Theatre and Dance from UC San Diego. melaniesound.com, @melaniechencole.
Paloma McGregor (Choreography) (she/her/hers) Off Broadway: Shakespeare: Call and Response, Hamlet (The Public’s Mobile Unit) brownsville song (b-side for tray) (LCT3). Regional: world premiere of Jazz, world premiere of Marley, Pride and Prejudice, A Civil War Christmas (Center Stage), world premiere of The House That Will Not Stand (Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep), world premiere of Blood Dazzler (Harlem Stage), world premiere of Building a Better Fishtrap (BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance). Awards: New York Dance and Performance Bessie Award, Soros Arts Fellowship, Dance/USA Fellowship to Artists, Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Initiative Fellowship.
Emmelyn Thayer (Vocal Coach) The Old Globe: The Taming of the Shrew. Regional: Noises Off, Sweeney Todd, Man from Nebraska, Private Lives, History Boys (Cygnet Theatre), Good People (Carlsbad Playreaders), Frozen (ion theatre company). USD Department of Theatre: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge, The Mail Order Bride, Arcadia. The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program: Voice and Speech faculty; Cloud 9, Rites of Passage, Zevon. Workshops: UC San Diego Extension, San Diego Mesa College, The Bishop’s School, San Diego Junior Theatre, San Dieguito Academy. Honors: Horrigan Award, Craig Noel M.F.A. Fellowship. emmelynthayer.com.
Alaine Alldaffer, CSA (Casting) The Old Globe: The Taming of the Shrew. Casting Director for Playwrights Horizons; with Lisa Donadio: A Strange Loop (currently on Broadway), Grey Gardens (also Broadway), Clybourne Park (also Broadway), Circle Mirror Transformation (Drama Desk and Obie Awards for Outstanding Ensemble, Artios Award for casting), The Flick (also at Barrow Street Theatre). Television: ABC’s “The Knights of Prosperity” (aka “Let’s Rob Mick Jagger”). Regional theatre: Huntington Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, People’s Light, among others.
Chandra R.M. Anthenill (Production Stage Manager) (she/her/hers) The Old Globe: Trouble in Mind, Krapp’s Last Tape, What You Are, Tiny Beautiful Things, Globe for All (2017–2021), Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Guys and Dolls, Camp David, The Comedy of Errors. Regional: The Garden, 2020 POP Tour, Junk: The Golden Age of Debt (La Jolla Playhouse), Fun Home, Beachtown, Roz and Ray, Into the Beautiful North, Outside Mullingar, The Oldest Boy, Oedipus El Rey, Honky (San Diego Rep), Mud Row, The Last Wife, Bad Jews, Sons of the Prophet, True West, Fool for Love, Spring Awakening, Assassins, Company (Cygnet), Pippin (Diversionary).
Avery James Evans (Assistant Stage Manager) (he/him) Education: M.F.A. in Stage Management from UC Irvine. Recent credits: A Grand Night for Singing (Musical Theatre West), The Folks at Home (Baltimore Center Stage), West Coast premiere of Rebecca Oaxaca Lays Down a Bunt (UCI). Mission: making change ethically in the industry, focusing on representation, equity, youth and community outreach.