An extraordinary two-week performance run of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is to be performed April 11 – 29 by the The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. (Tuesday through Saturday evenings only – performances begin at 8 p.m.)
The performance will feature the entire second-year graduate company of the Conservatory for this telling of the classic Shakespearean tale of four young lovers, five rude mechanicals, and an army of fairies and spirits who cross paths one magical night in a forest outside Athens. The most beloved of Shakespeare’s plays, the story captures the essence of young—and not-so-young—love. The Conservatory’s production will be directed by Jonathan Epstein, the Conservatory’s second-year acting instructor and resident Shakespeare expert.
The play will be performed behind Selby Gardens’ Payne Mansion against the stunning backdrop of the sun setting over Sarasota Bay. Seating is limited, and tickets are for general admission, with padded seats positioned on risers, providing a comfortable and excellent view for all ticket holders. Patrons will enter through the north gate, located in front of Payne Mansion, across the street from the first parking lot.
The gates, onsite box office and will call open at 7 p.m., one hour prior to the production’s 8 p.m. curtain. Concessions will be available for purchase courtesy of Michael’s On East. DEET-free bug spray will be provided at a station near the entrance to the performance space, and restrooms are available onsite. In the event that a performance is cancelled due to inclement weather, tickets can be exchanged for a different performance.