The Arena Players Repertory Theater Company will present its 26th Annual Summer Shakespeare Festival, featuring the enchanting and beloved comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, performed in the scenic cobblestone courtyard of the Vanderbilt Mansion.
Theatergoers are encouraged to picnic before the show on the majestic Great Lawn overlooking Northport Bay and Long Island Sound. The Suffolk County Vanderbilt Mansion and Museum are located at 180 Little Neck Road in Centerport, NY.
The play opens Wednesday, July 2, and runs through Sunday, August 24, 2014. Performances are Wednesday and Friday at 8:00 p.m., Sunday at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $15.00. To purchase tickets, call Arena Players at 516-293-0674. Visit www.ArenaPlayers.org.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream playfully celebrates the humorous aspects of love. The approaching wedding festivities of Theseus, Duke of Athens, and his bride-to-be, Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, are delightfully crisscrossed with the on-again, off-again romances of two young pairs of Athenian lovers; a fateful rivalry between the King and Queen of the Fairies; and the theatrical aspirations of a bumbling troupe of Athenian laborers. It all ends in wedding-night revelry complete with a play-within-a-play presented by the laborers to the ecstatic amusement of all.
Arena Players Repertory Company is a non-profit company funded in part by Suffolk County under the auspices of the Office of Cultural Affairs; New York State Council for the Arts; and individual contributions.