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May. 14 2024

Go into the woods with Shakespeare at Everyman

By Gavin Witt | Posted in Interviews, Staff Blogs, WBJC Programs | Comments Off on Go into the woods with Shakespeare at Everyman

Everyman Theatre is making a rare foray into the Shakespearean canon with its current production of the much-loved comic romance, A Midsummer Night’s Dream–playing through June 9th.

This fresh, surprising new take* on the old classic looks to find new resonance, new twists, new laughs, new life, new bite, and a balance between heart and hilarity–all while celebrating the transformative power of the company’s resident ensemble, in often-unexpected ways.

At the center of the action–amid frolicking fairies and rollicking handicrafters and all the magical mayhem of a night in the woods–a quartet of passionate, if quarrelsome, middle-aged lovers find themselves transported back to younger versions of themselves. In a celebration of love, forgiveness, the enduring folly of mortals and the power of imagination, the play transports its company of players along with us as onlookers into a realm of spirits and dreams and back again.

The production’s director, Noah Himmelstein, joined me to reflect on these elements and the journey of discovery (and guffaws) they’ve been on preparing the production for performance.

You can hear our conversation here:

And find tickets and more information here: https://everymantheatre.org/ 

*Disclaimer: I happen to have done the adaptation of the script for this production, collaborating with director Noah Himmelstein and dramaturg Robyn Quick in devising an original twist on the established text.


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WBJC listeners and Baltimore audiences may know Gavin from his nearly 20 years as dramaturg and associate artistic director at Baltimore Center Stage (in which capacity he was a frequent guest on WBJC to talk about programs and events), or from regular appearances alongside Jonathan Palevsky at the Charles Theater for Cinema Sundays discussions. A director, dramaturg, producer, translator, and adaptor who also teaches on the theater faculty at Towson University, Gavin is a recent addition to the WBJC team and delighted to play this new role.

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