Aquila Theatre Brings ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to Center for the Arts

Posted: November 15, 2010 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 12, 2010 at 2:40 pm

The acclaimed British/American touring company, Aquila Theatre, will perform an imaginative interpretation of Shakespeare’s most timeless and beloved comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” at Mason’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Friday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m.

Set against an Athenian backdrop, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” examines the universal theme of love and its attendant complications: passion, lust, frustration, depression, confusion and marriage.

Aquila Theatre weaves a theatrical web that shows audiences the heart of an enchanted forest, the injustice of an Athenian court and the political strife of the Fairy Kingdom.

The plot of this delightful tale focuses on the challenges of two sets of lovers — the Fairy King and Queen and their servants, and a rag-tag group of rude mechanicals trying to stage a production of “Pyramus and Thisbe” for the wedding of the Duke of Athens.

At the center of the story is the Fairy King’s servant, the impish Puck, whose magic creates an endless supply of mirth, mistaken identity and inappropriate, if not absolutely ludicrous, passions.
Founded in London in 1991 by Peter Meineck, Aquila Theatre is now based in New York City and continues to fulfill its mission of making classical works accessible to all audiences.

In addition to producing a regular season in New York, the company tours 60 to 70 American cities each year. Aquila Theatre is also dedicated to theater arts education and produces three major education initiatives: Workshop America, a nationwide program that provides an opportunity for people to share in the art of Aquila; Theatre Breakthrough, which brings America’s schools to the stage; and Shakespeare Leaders, an after-school program that enables inner city students to perform the classics.

A discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts. This tour is made possible by a grant from Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets are $34, $26 and $17. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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