OPENING TONIGHT! An Irish Twist on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

TICKETS: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3220228

Shakespeare’s enchanted woods replete with mischievous faeries, quarreling lovers, and ridiculous rude mechanicals are transported to 1820s Ireland. Live Irish music, dance, and Yeats’ poetry are sure to cast a spell!

PLEASE NOTE! Due to renovations at the Writers Center (QTCs home), Irish Twist on A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed at the Randolph Road Theater, 4010 Randolph Road, Silver Spring, MD 20902 (just off Connecticut Avenue – lots of free parking!). Performances July 25 thru August 12, 2018 – Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm & Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. Added Wednesday, July 25, performance at 8pm.

Setting

1817. Tuam, Galway, Ireland. The great hall and woods beyond the family estate of the widowed Lady Montbrook, her daughter, Margaret, and her orphaned niece, Aveline.

Montbrook Family History

The Montbrooks are among the numerous English expatriates awarded land in Ireland, where the late Lord Montbrook moved with his family in the late 1700s. His sister, Aveline’s mother, was disowned by the Montbrook family after she fell in love and eloped with an Irishman, who was later killed in the Irish rebellion of 1798. When her mother died, the young Aveline went to live with Margaret and Lady Montbrook on their estate. There, Aveline fell in love and had a mostly secret affair with Lord Gregroy, the son of the Montbrooks’ wealthy neighbors. Lady Montbrook, having fallen on hard times due to her tenant farmers’ inability to pay their rent, is now eager to have her only daughter, Margaret, marry the wealthy Lord Gregory, whose parents also support the union.

Cast (in order of appearance)

 

ANGELA PIRKO – Aveline, the late Lord Montbrook’s disowned sister’s daughter, now an orphan
LAURA ROCKLYN – Margaret Montbrook, the late Lord Montbrook’s daughter
SETH ROSENKE – Liam O’Conor, Margaret’s Irish tutor
LAURA RUSSELL – Lady Montbrook, Margaret’s widowed mother
JOHN DECKER – Reverend Peter Quince
GRANT CLOYD – Lord Gregory, Montbrooks’ wealthy neighbors’ son
ADDISON SWITZER – Parnell Gale, Mayor of Galway
DAVID DUBOV – Bottom, caretaker of Montbrooks’ estate
LEAH MAZADE – Mrs. Starvling, Montbrooks’ cook
JOHN ALLNUTT – Phin, Montbrooks’ yardman
MADIE KILNER – Faery, Queen Uema’s attendant
IAN BLACKWELL ROGERS – Puck, King Finvarra’s attendant
LAURA RUSSELL – Uema, Queen of the Faeries
ADDISON SWITZER – Finvarra, King of the Faeries
KATIE KEMP – Dryad
JULIE OLSEN – Dryad

Musicians

PETER BRICE – Musical Director/Button Accordion, Bodhran
SAMANTHA SUPLEE – Fiddle
LEAH MAZADE – Cello
LAURA ROCKLYN – Singer

Creative Team

STEPHANIE MUMFORD & LEAH MAZADE – Directors
KATE BOLE – Irish Dance Choreographer
VANESSA BISBEE – Contra Dance Choreographer
DON SLATER – Lighting Designer
PATRICK McGOVERN – Set Designer
STEPHANIE MUMFORD – Costume Designer

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