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The cast of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Matt Pfeiffer, at Arden Theatre Company.
The cast of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Matt Pfeiffer, at Arden Theatre Company.
(photo provided by Arden Theatre Company)

A Midsummer Night's Dream begins performances tonight at Arden Theatre Company.

William Shakespeare's beloved comedy is described as follows: "An enchanted forest becomes the perfect setting for the follies and foibles of fairies, humans, and actors putting on a play. The Arden is known for accessible Shakespeare, and this new and vibrant interpretation, stacked with Philadelphia's brightest young talent, promises to engage and delight all ages."

Matt Pfeiffer directs the cast of Rachel Camp (Helena, Snout), Taysha Canales (Hermia, Snug), Sean Close (Lysander, Flute), Eliana Fabiyi (Musician, Fairies), Doug Hara (Egeus, Quince), Dan Hodge (Bottom), Brandon Pierce (Demetrius, Starvling), Katharine Powell (Titania, Hippolyta), Lindsay Smiling (Oberon, Theseus) and Mary Tuomanen (Puck, Philostrate).

Pfeiffer says, "So many of our great stories trace back to the themes, ideas, and characters found in Shakespeare's plays. There were ways of thinking about the world 450 years ago that we still connect to. A Midsummer Night's Dream celebrates the silliness of love and does it in a way that is funny and human. We can all relate to that."

The creative team includes Paige Hathaway (scenic design), Thom Weaver (lighting design), Olivera Gajic (costume design), and Alex Bechtel (sound design). The stage manager is Alec Ferrell.

Performances continue through April 9.

For tickets and more information, click here.