Festivals & Events:
24th Annual Shakespeare in the Park
Telluride Theatre presents Shakespeare in the Park
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Colin Sullivan
July 18- 25 at 8pm, Sunday Matinee July 19 at 2pm
(No show Weds July 22)
$20 (adults) $12 (children)
RAIN OR SHINE – audience is covered by town park stage
Suitable for all ages!
TICKETS available at telluridetheatre.org/tickets or by calling 970.708.3934
“I will hear that play;
For never anything can be amiss,
When simpleness and duty tender it.”
~ Theseus, V.i. ~
What might be Shakespeare’s most magical play, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM is steeped in wonder and enchantment but grounded in its many layers. It’s really three plays in one: There’s a play about a city, Athens: its social hierarchy, its laws and its customs. A play about young love and the stupid things we say and do in its pursuit. Then there’s a play about magic and the unexplained happenings of the dark forest, beyond the city walls.
“I chose A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the 25th anniversary of Shakespeare in the Park because it's one of his most iconic plays. When you say the title, people immediately get excited. It also feels like a very Telluride play – fairies, the forest, magic… I just love it and it has been a while since it has been done here.” Sasha Sullivan Artistic Director
MIDSUMMER is about the messiness of love and the presence of monsters in our lives, both real and imagined. But it’s also about what it takes to make magical stories, whether those are the stories of our lives or “fairie” tales to entertain us on long summer nights. There is nothing easy or pretty about carrying the beams or building the theatre, or building a relationship for that matter. But as we all know, easy doesn’t make magic.