Del Mar Drama Celebrating Finley Theatre 10-year Anniversary with Production of Shakespeare’s Comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Beginning Nov. 11
Online tickets available for two-weekend run set for Nov. 11-12 and Nov. 17-19
Article by: Rosa Linda Reynoso/Melinda Eddleman
It’s been 10 years since Del Mar College opened the Sue Sellors Finley Theatre; and to celebrate, Del Mar Drama presents William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for two weekends, Nov. 11-12 and Nov. 17-19. As the fall season closes in, audience members will travel using their imaginations to the dreamlike world of Athens and the surrounding forests during this 90-minute production of the Bard’s most accessible and popular comedy.
Written around 1595, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is the story about the royal court of Athens, the lovers, the fairies, the rude mechanicals and the infamous minion, Puck, with Del Mar Drama bringing these characters all to life during this Shakespearean performance. Note: This production is rated PG-13 due to mature content and language.
Tickets are $10 general admission; $6 for seniors, military and DMC employees; and $3 for DMC students with a valid ID. All shows start at 7:30 p.m. with the Drama Box Office opening one hour prior to each performance with in-person day-of-show tickets available. Advance tickets are available online at www.delmardrama.ludus.com.
The Sue Sellors Finley Theatre is located in the Fine Arts Center on Del Mar College’s Heritage Campus on Ayers Street (78404), get directions and campus map. For more information, contact Del Mar Drama at 361-698-1216 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Nov. 17 performance is Student Appreciation Night with free admission for students with a valid ID from Del MarCollege, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Texas A&M University-Kingsville and the Corpus Christi Independent School District. Students need to redeem their ticket in-person at the Del Mar Drama Box Office beginning one hour before the 7:30 p.m. performance. The evening also includes a post-production reception in the lobby.
Consisting of several subplots that revolve around the marriage of Theseus and Hippolyta, one subplot focuses on conflict among four Athenian lovers. Another follows a group of six amateur actors rehearsing the play they are to perform before the wedding. And, another subplot finds both groups in a forest inhabited by fairies who manipulate the humans while engaged in their own domestic intrigue.
As a central character, Puck is one of the forest’s mischievous fairies who works his magic and makes the two Athenians boys fall in love with the same girl. The lovers’ pursuits for each other continue throughout the forest while Puck furthers his antics by playing a trick on the fairy queen for his master.
In the end, Puck reverses his magic, and the two couples reconcile and marry … a finale one would expect as part of Shakespeare’s comedic “fairy tale.”
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