Saturday, July 1, 2017

Baltimore Shakespeare Factory Kicks off Shakespeare in the Meadow with Two Rom Coms

A Midsummer Night's Dream & Love's Labour's Lost

WHEN: July - August
WHERE:
Outdoors at Johns Hopkins Evergreen Museum and Library; Indoors at The Great Hall at St. Mary’s Community Center
TICKETS: start at $15, plus applicable service fees, and are on sale now at Brown Paper Tickets. For more information, call (410) 662-9455 or visit BaltimoreShakespeareFactory.org.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
WHEN: July 7 – 23; Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 4 p.m.; Pre-show entertainment begins 30 minutes before show time
WHERE:
Outdoors in the Meadow at Johns Hopkins Evergreen Museum and Library, 4545 North Charles Street
Performances at the Meadow are open for picnics one hour before show time

WHEN: July 28 – 30; Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 4 p.m.; Pre-show entertainment begins 30 minutes before show time
WHERE
: Indoors at the Great Hall at St. Mary’s Community Center, 3900 Roland Avenue

http://www.baltimoreshakespearefactory.org

LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST
WHEN: July 28 – August 13; Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 4 p.m.; Pre-show entertainment begins 30 minutes before show time
WHERE:
Outdoors in the Meadow at Johns Hopkins Evergreen Museum and Library, 4545 North Charles Street
Performances at the Meadow are open for picnics one hour before show time

WHEN: August 18 – 20; Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 4 p.m.; Pre-show entertainment begins 30 minutes before show time
WHERE:
Indoors at the Great Hall at St. Mary’s Community Center, 3900 Roland Avenue
http://www.baltimoreshakespearefactory.org

As with all BSF productions, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Love’s Labour’s Lost are presented using the staging conditions of Shakespeare's day. The productions bring Shakespeare's works to life in a way that is fresh and accessible to modern audiences without compromising the original language. The result is fun, engaging, and fast-paced shows that celebrates the artistry of Shakespeare's language.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by BSF Artistic Director Tom Delise, is a magical tale of young lovers, supernatural creatures, and a charming group of artisan performers that is one of Shakespeare’s most popular and endearing works.  It is two hours of perfect theatre that has charmed audiences for over 400 years.

“As a director, quite simply, A Midsummer Night’s Dream makes me happy because I think it is an excellent example of perfect theater. Filled with magic and fun, it is hard, if not impossible, to dislike it,” Delise explains. “Some people critically refer to it as the Disney of Shakespeare, but I do not look like that as derogatory. Disney is popular for the same reason as A Midsummer Night’s Dream – they both strike chords in us that remind us what it is to be human, and they are both just plain fun!”

Love’s Labour’s Lost, directed by BSF Assistant Artistic Director Chris Cotterman, is a tale of what happens when friends take an oath to hid away and dedicate themselves to a life of study and avoid the company of women for three years. As soon as the pledge is made, beautiful women arrive and begin to test the men’s high-minded resolve.

Love's Labour's Lost is dazzlingly creative and confident; absurd in all the best ways, it's also remarkably fresh, gleefully skewering gender norms and the conventions of courtship with the dizzy delight that's the hallmark of Shakespeare's best work,” says Cotterman.