A Midsummer Nights Dream

Students perform in the 2018 fall production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Dr. Robert Vrtis
Center for the Arts: Jewel Theatre
November 9-10, and 15-17

Press Release

Luther College presents Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" a chaotic and comedic representation of what love can be. With fairies interfering in the lives of lovers, the play follows three separate story lines full of mischief, passion and confusion.

The play, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," follows the lives of three different groups, the Athenian lovers, a group of actors and some fairies. The story takes place in the time leading up to the marriage of Theseus, Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons.

Luther's Production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is directed by Robert Vrtis, Luther assistant professor of theatre. He received his Ph.D. and master's degrees in theatre from the University of Oregon and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Longwood University.

Director's Notes

Transposition, Translation, and Transformation

I’ve been thinking about change a lot recently.

Change reverberates throughout A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Beginning with Theseus’ declaration that Athens is moving from the key of war into the key of revelry, Hermia’s desire to change her father’s mind, and Helena’s wish to be translated or transposed from herself into something Demetrius would love, the people of Athens yearn for change. They are met, however, with inflexibility from one another.

The woods offer the enticing possibility of freedom through change, but not without danger. With infinite possibilities that the wild wood presents comes an instability too chaotic to maintain. Seeking out transformation for yourself, you have to accept that transformation is possible for those around you, too. You may not like the change you see or the change you experience. And what can be relied on and assured in the midst of rampant change?

Change is good, except when it’s not.

I think this play rehearses change over and over as an exploration both of whether there is any stability in our identities that resists change and of how to handle that inevitable change when it comes. The possibilities are many –

frighteningly so.

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