This performance is a fundraiser to support their seventh season of Shakespeare in Our Parks summer series
MINNEAPOLIS (May 20, 2021) — Hennepin Theatre Trust announced that Classical Actors Ensemble is back in Twin Cities parks and downtown Minneapolis for their seventh summer to offer Shakespeare’s popular comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Trust will be hosting a special rooftop ticketed fundraiser performance on Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 7 p.m. at The Hennepin (900 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis) supporting their Shakespeare in Our Parks series. Directed by Joe Wiener, this perennial favorite will be performed in parks across the Twin Cities, June 18 – July 18, 2021, ending at the Mpls Sculpture Garden with the Spoonbridge and Cherry as a backdrop.
Two pairs of young lovers abscond to the night time woods where the denizens of the wood’s fairy kingdom are in the middle of their own moonlit strife, meanwhile a group of (very) amateur theatricals are trying to rehearse a play. Mischievous fairy intervention intertwines, complicates, and resolves the stories in time for an unforgettable royal wedding celebration.
Tickets are on sale now to the general public at HennepinTheatreTrust.org.
|Thursday||June 24||7 p.m.||The Hennepin, Rooftop||$25, $33, $42|
This is a special fundraiser performance for the Classical Actors Ensemble supporting their summer Shakespeare in Our Parks series with a new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. The Hennepin is located at 900 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis.
“We’re keeping a close eye on the Stay Safe MN guidelines for outdoor entertainment to make sure we’re following all the best practices,” said Producing Artistic Director Joseph Papke. “We want everyone to feel safe and confident in coming back to the parks to see us.” CAE is also recommending that all patrons pre-register online so adequate distanced seating can be provided.
CAE honors Shakespeare’s work by making high-quality entertainment available for all at no charge through its annual Shakespeare in Our Parks program. CAE encourages audiences to bring a picnic to enjoy this free outdoor entertainment for the entire family. In keeping with CAE’s aesthetic, this production will include live, modern music. More information is available at classicalactorsensemble.org.
Arguably Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows three storylines: a love quadrangle of young Athenians abscond to the night time woods, the denizens of the wood’s fairy kingdom have their own moonlit strife, and meanwhile a group of amateur theatricals are trying to rehearse a play. Mischievous fairy intervention further intertwines and complicates the plots, but of course also eventually puts them right.
Previous Shakespeare in Our Parks productions: The Merry Wives of Windsor (2019), Romeo & Juliet (2018), The Comedy of Errors (2017), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2016), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (2015), and Love’s Labors Lost (2014).
The skilled cast is comprised of Clare Boyd (Hippolyta/Titania), Tom Conry (Theseus/Oberon), Samantha Fairchild (Hermia/Snug), Maren Findlay, Bridget Foy, Jacob Hooper (Bottom), Kyle Marks (Puck), Samantha V. Papke (Helena/Starveling), Dietrich Poppen (Demetrius/Snout), Dominic Rodgers (Lysander/Flute), Tyler Stamm, and Alan Tilson (Egeus/Quince).
Scenic design is by Dietrich Poppen and costumes by Lolly Foy. The production is directed by Joe Wiener.
SERIES PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Friday, June 18, 7 p.m.: Lyndale Park Rose Garden, 4124 Roseway Rd., Minneapolis
Saturday, June 19, 7 p.m.: Lake of the Isles, Newton Ave. S. and W. Lake of the Isles Pkwy., Minneapolis
Sunday, June 20, 7 p.m.: Matthews Park, 2318 29th Ave S, Minneapolis
Thursday, June 24, 7 p.m.: The Hennepin rooftop, 900 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Friday, June 25, 7 p.m.: Normandale Lake Bandshell, 5901 W 84th St, Bloomington
Saturday, June 26, 7 p.m.: Lake of the Isles, Newton Ave. S. and W. Lake of the Isles Pkwy., Minneapolis
Sunday, June 27, 3 p.m.: Cedar Lake East Beach, 2000 S Upton Ave., Minneapolis
Thursday, July 1, 7pm: St. Clement’s Church, 901 Portland Ave, St Paul, MN 55104
Friday, July 2, 7 p.m.: Newell Park, 900 Fairview Ave N, St Paul
Saturday, July 3, 7 p.m.: Lake of the Isles, Newton Ave. S. and W. Lake of the Isles Pkwy., Minneapolis|
Thursday, July 8, 7 p.m.: Tony Schmidt Park, 3500 Lake Johanna Blvd., Arden Hills
Friday, July 9, 7 p.m.: Como Park, W Como Blvd & N Churchill St., St. Paul
Saturday, July 10, 7 p.m.: Lake of the Isles, Newton Ave. S. and W. Lake of the Isles Pkwy., Minneapolis
Sunday, July 11, 7 p.m.: Becker Park, 5530 Douglas Dr N, Crystal
Thursday, July 15, 7 p.m.: Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 St Croix Trail N, Shafer
Friday, July 16, 7 p.m.: Wolfe Park Amphitheater, 3700 Monterey Dr, St Louis Park
Saturday, July 17, 7 p.m.: Lake of the Isles, Newton Ave. S. and W. Lake of the Isles Pkwy., Minneapolis
Sunday, July 18, 7 p.m.: Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 725 Vineland Pl., Minneapolis
Runtime: two hours
To learn more about Classical Actors Ensemble, please visit classicalactorsensemble.org.
All MN Department of Health guidelines will be followed.
Hennepin Theatre Trust drives cultural and economic vitality in Minnesota through leadership of the dynamic Hennepin Theatre District in downtown Minneapolis and educational programming that reaches every area of the state. Its historic theatres — Orpheum, State and Pantages — and event center at 900 Hennepin Avenue light up Hennepin Avenue with top-tier entertainment, including the best of Broadway and a wide variety of arts programming. Hennepin Theatre Trust is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Learn more at HennepinTheatreTrust.org.
Classical Actors Ensemble is a Twin Cities theater company that performs plays of the English Renaissance as they were originally intended: as popular entertainment for everyone. Since its founding by Producing Artistic Director Joseph Papke in 2009, CAE has presented thirty works by Shakespeare, Ford, Middleton, Dekker, Webster, Jonson, and Marlowe. CAE annually produces a Shakespeare in Our Schools tour to secondary schools and the free Shakespeare in Our Parks summer tour. Recent indoor productions include Arden of Faversham and Much Ado About Nothing in repertory at the LAB Theater in fall 2019. CAE’s goal is to demonstrate why these works of art are considered classics and to freshly prove their relevance in today’s world.