Every fall TASIS students tackle a Shakespeare production, and this year was no exception. Under new drama director, Rob Lazar, thirty students and faculty rehearsed for several months before opening on Thursday, November 11. There were two additional performances on Friday and Saturday night where family and friends visiting for Family Weekend were entertained by the 1920's-themed production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Notes from the Director Rob Lazar (Taken from the play's program)
It has been said that A Midsummer Night’s Dream is Romeo and Juliet turned inside out. Both plays were written early in the playwright’s career, and many say during the same year. Both examine the idea of love and what we mortals do in the name of love. However, the way in which we view these ideas or the lens Shakespeare used to bring these concepts into focus is radically different. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream we come to the theatre to laugh and muse over the antics of young, and not so young, love.
But while doing so, we are subtly piecing together a greater message. A thread if an idea delicately ties everything together; this idea makes us stop and reflect on the events that unfold before us. We see a skillfully crafted idea overlaying the play. It is at this point, I believe, that the play becomes interesting.
That is what makes Shakespeare so fascinating. His plays, including his comedies, are so dense with ideas that they can be presented in a verity of styles to express the many ideas contained within one text. Is A Midsummer Night’s Dream about finding true love? Is it about the fickleness of love? Is it about rebellion? Selfish desire? The short answer is, yes. If you see it, it is there. Intended or not, desired or not, you, the audience, are the ultimate determiner of what this play means to you.I must confess that I, and the cast as a whole, have very strong opinions about the text. We believe it speaks to an idea (or ideas) that rings true to you and to us. We make certain choices to help articulate our ideas and support our opinions. The setting, the costumes, the cuts we’ve made in the script, the casting, and the way we say the words of the text are all conscious choices. These choices were made to help you see an idea, or ideas, that we hope will get you to think, feel and grow. This is why we present this production as our gift to our community and to you, the audience.
Photographs from the this year's Shakespeare's production can be viewed in the TASIS Media Gallery. Additional photographs can be viewed/purchased on the TASIS Smugmug site.