Kim Terry, Director of Marketing and Communications
Published: February 16, 2011
“Methought I was enamored of an ass.”
That’s the reaction of Queen Titania in Shakespeare’s magical comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” after she marries a boastful artisan with the head of a donkey. It just might turn out to be your reaction, too. The original play has been turned into movies, ballets, television productions, and even an opera, and they’ve all been keeping audiences laughing and loving for over 415 years. Not a bad run.
Oklahoma City’s Reduxion Theatre Company brings the exuberance of “Midsummer” to five of the Metropolitan Library System’s locations from February 26th through April 23rd in a series of free presentations that will be accompanied by workshops on subjects of importance to Shakespearean productions. Themes include “Comedic Combat” for ages 6-14, “Shakespeare Improv” for ages 15-18, and “Shakespeare: Making the Language Connexion” for adults and teens.
“This is a re-staging of Reduxion’s main stage production,” said MLS Director of Outreach Services, Dana Morrow. “I think a major attraction, in addition to the play, which features great costumes, brilliant set design and an original music score, will be the workshops. Actual staged combat scenes from the production will be used to demonstrate ‘safe violence’ and how to use it for comic effect. The other two workshops are for older participants and concentrate on Shakespeare’s use of language.”
All productions and workshops are free and open to everyone, but seating is limited so audiences are encouraged to arrive early. All workshops begin at 11:00a.m., with the production of the play running from
“Come enjoy Shakespeare’s most beloved romantic comedy,” Morrow said. “It’s about the follies of love, and that hasn’t changed in 400 years.”
For more information about this or any Metropolitan Library System program, visit the MLS website, www.metrolibrary.org.
The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries. Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres. Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City. You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.