Purdue Theatre to present 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

September 14, 2012  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue Theatre will open its 2012-13 season with William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," beginning Friday (Sept. 21) at the Nancy T. Hansen Theatre in Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts.

"'A Midsummer Night's Dream' is Shakespeare's first masterpiece and his greatest comedy. It is whimsical, charming and full of the dreamy and confusing magic of being in love. It is full of pranks and schemes, none of which end up hurting any of its characters very seriously, and it also gives us Shakespeare's most lovable, goofy and honest character, Bottom," said guest director Joseph Graves.

"Purdue Theatre is thrilled to welcome guest artist Joseph Graves, renowned actor, playwright, and artistic director of the Peking University Institute of World Theatre and Film. Joe will lead the season opener, an innovative production of William Shakespeare's classic tale," said Department of Theatre chair Joel Ebarb.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21, 22, 26, 27, 28 and 29. Matinees also will be offered at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 23, 29 and 30. Tickets are $19.50 for the general public, $12.50 for students and $15.50 for seniors ages 62 and older.

A special preview performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20, with all seats $6.50 general admission.

Tickets for "A Midsummer Night's Dream" are available at the Pao Hall, Elliott Hall and Stewart Center box offices or by calling 765-494-3933 or 800-914-SHOW. The Nancy T. Hansen Theatre is located in Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts at 552 W. Wood St., West Lafayette.

The Department of Theatre is in the College of Liberal Arts and is part of the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts.

Contact: David Lageveen, director of marketing and donor relations for Purdue Theatre, 765-494-3084, lageveen@purdue.edu

Sources: Joel Ebarb, 765-494-3081, jebarb@purdue.edu

Joseph Graves may be reached by calling the Department of Theatre office 765-494-3074

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