A “Midsummer’s Night Dream” in the woods at Dream Away Lodge

From Watertown in Greater Boston, the New Repertory Theatre has been known for the quality of its work. Finally the Berkshires will get a chance to see some of it as the company brings their daytime version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Becket on Saturday, June 21 at 3pm & Sunday, June 22 at 3pm at the Dream Away Lodge, 1342 County Road, Becket, MA. Presented by New Repertory Theatre’s Classic Repertory Company and directed by Clay Hopper, this is A Midsummer’s Night Dream that will be free and open to the public with donations accepted.

“We’re pleased to bring our professional touring company to the legendary Dream Away Lodge this summer,” says New Rep Artistic Director, Jim Petosa. “To present this spirited play in such a beautiful outdoor setting during the summer solstice is truly special, and will serve the play magnificently.”

The New Rep Shakespeare is the ultimate bare bones production, and plans to use the woods of Becket as its backdrop.

The New Rep Shakespeare is the ultimate bare bones production, and plans to use the woods of Becket as its backdrop.

“The Classic Repertory Company allows New Rep to reach beyond the greater Boston area to engage communities from around New England,” says New Rep Managing Director, Harriet Sheets. “Our professional touring productions present classic works that continue to resonate with audiences, and we’re pleased to bring this free production to Western Massachusetts this summer.”

Former actor and theater-maker Daniel Osman purchased the Dream Away Lodge in 1997. Osman is well known for producing a wide range of events and for constantly exploring the Dream Away’s potential. “It has always been part of the dream to have live theater and spoken word be as integral to the Dream Away ethos as music has always been,” Osman explains. “We have produced a few specifically theatrical events over the years – several play readings, a circus and an outdoor performance or two – but I’ve dreamed of seeing A Midsummer Night’s Dream in our woods since I moved to the mountain. This partnership with New Rep is a synchronistic and thrilling way to bring professional theater to the mountaintop, and best of all, thanks to the support of New Rep the show is free to the public!”

Shakespeare for ADD audiences

In this fast-paced, 90-minute version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, New Rep’s Classic Repertory Company presents one of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies. Follow the chaos and passion of four love-struck youth as they find their way through the forest and to each other, while overcoming the obstacles of the fairies and the will of the Duke.

About New Repertory Theatre

New Repertory Theatre is the award-winning, professional theatre company in residence at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA. Entering its 30th anniversary season as a leading self-producing theatre in greater Boston, New Rep produces contemporary and classic dramas, comedies, and musicals in both the 340-seat Charles Mosesian Theater and the 90-seat Black Box Theater. Annually, New Rep serves 45,000-50,000 patrons, including over 2,200 season subscribers. In addition to its main programming, the non-profit theatre produces New Rep’s Next Voices, with four playwrights each season, which develops new plays into three staged readings and one world premiere production. Under its Lifelong Enrichment Arts Programs (LEAP), New Rep also produces its Classic Repertory Company, summerSTAGE2, Page To Stage, Insider Experiences, and Spotlight Symposium Series.

New Rep’s Mission

New Repertory Theatre produces plays that speak powerfully to the essential ideas of our time. Through the passion and electricity of live theater performed to the highest standards of excellence, New Rep expands and challenges the human spirit of both artists and audience. New Rep presents world premieres, contemporary and classic works in several intimate settings. We are committed to education and outreach, including special dedication to the creation of innovative in-school programming and providing access to underserved audiences. New Rep is an active advocate for the arts and a major voice in the national dialogue defining the role of theater in our culture.

About Dream Away Lodge

The Dream Away Lodge has been a Berkshire legend for more than 90 years. Rumored to have been a brothel and speakeasy during the great depression, this two hundred year old farmhouse at the edge of October Mountain State Forest is renowned for its larger than life founders, Mamma Maria Frasca and her three musical daughters, and a colorful history, rich in music and local mythology.

The 1975 visitation by Arlo Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Allen Ginsberg and the Rolling Thunder Review, led to the Dream Away’s prominent role in Part Two of Dylan’s epic film Renaldo and Clara – enhancing an already unmatched reputation as one of Berkshire County’s best loved and most closely held hilltown secrets. Part restaurant, part bar, part music venue and all theater, the Dream Away features locally grown and sourced food, an imaginative and affordable menu and a wide range of music, art, theater, cabaret and spoken word events. Beautiful public gardens, a stunning forest ballroom/event space, a wildflower meditation labyrinth, an outdoor stone fire pit and amphitheater, miles of trails and ponds, and nearly 18,000 acres of October Mountain State Forest across the road all help to make the Dream Away Lodge the last word in parties, weddings, birthdays, holidays, and special events.

Editor’s Note: Shakespeare & Company is planning a New Orleans version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream which begins performances on June 21 in Lenox, while Shakespeare in Springdale Park in Pittsfield will do another production in mid-July, to be free and open to the public. (LM)

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