Newman Theatre: Midsummer Night’s Dream available online

Mar 18, 2021

If you did not get an opportunity to attend one of Newman University’s four performances of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream March 11-14, you now have the chance to watch it online.

Director of Theatre Mark Mannette, who also directed the play, wanted to expose a wider an audience to his student’s work, so engaged Newman’s University Relations department to record the opening night performance and create a special webpage to give viewers access to it.

“Not surprisingly, our students did an outstanding job with one of Shakespeare’s most recognized comedies,” Mannette said.

With the pandemic still limiting theatre capacity and the fact that many are still wary of gatherings I wanted to provide this outlet to feature our amazing students and a great production.”

Tickets for the online performance are $12 and proceeds benefit the Newman Theatre program. The play debuts March 19 at 7 p.m. and will be available for unlimited viewing through April 16.

Midsummer Night’s Dream is set in Athens, and consists of several subplots that revolve around the marriage of Theseus and Hippolyta. One subplot involves a conflict between four Athenian lovers. Another follows a group of six amateur actors rehearsing the play which they are to perform before the wedding. Both groups find themselves in a forest inhabited by fairies who manipulate the humans and are engaged in their own domestic intrigue.

The lead actors in the play are Allison Williams as Puck and Cole Schnieders as Bottom. The entire cast and support crew, along with additional information about the performance are available in the playbill.

Tickets for the online performance are available through this link and special premiere page.