LENOX -- A new production of "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," this one set in 1930s New Orleans, begins performances Saturday in Shakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer Playhouse, where it is scheduled to run in repertory through Aug. 30.
Press opening is 2 p.m. June 29.
Shakespeare & Company’s artistic director Tony Simotes sets his new production in the mysterious bayous of New Orleans just as the Jazz Era in America was exploding. The production features original music, live musicians, and a cast of more than a dozen seasoned company actors and newcomers.
A founding member of Shakespeare & Company, Simotes played Puck in 1978 when "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" launched Shakespeare & Company at The Mount.
This production is Simotes’ third time directing the play.
The cast features several newcomers and many longtime company actors, among them Johnny Lee Davenport, Jonathan Epstein, Kelly Galvin, Malcolm Ingram, David Joseph, Robert Lohbauer, Annette Miller, Michael F. Toomey, Merritt Janson, Atalanta Siegel, Rocco Sisto, Alexander Sovronsky, and newcomers Cloteal L. Horne, Colby Lewis and Briana Maia.
Sovronsky also has created the music and sound design for the production with inspiration taken from the great era of New Orleans jazz of the 1930s. Sovronsky has a long list of regional, Off-Broadway and Broadway composing credits. His work at Shakespeare & Company includes "As You Like It," "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" and, this season, in addition to "Midsummer ... ," "Shakespeare’s Will" and "Henry IV, Parts I & II."
Ticket information is available online at shakespeare.org, by telephone at (413) 637-3353, or in person at 70 Kemble St.