Will Kempe’s Players, the workers’ cooperative touring theater company from Troy, NY, kicks off its summer touring season with William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The production will open on June 21st, the Summer Solstice (Midsummer Night) at 8pm and will play there on June 22nd and 23rd, both at 3pm. Subsequent summer performances are scheduled region-wide. Please check www.willkempesplayers.com for specific performance locations, dates and times.
Will Kempe’s Players’ musical director Kristoph DiMaria assumes the director’s mantle as well for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. DiMaria composed original tunes and accompanies the play with a live soundscape from the foley table. His vision for the play is grounded in the ancient lore of faeries and sprites. As embodiments of natural forces, their conflicts—and their meddling in human affairs—threaten all life on the good green earth. If, and only if, the faerie royalty Oberon and Titania can reconcile, will the season sweeten to summer—saving earth, saving love, and saving humanity. According to DiMaria, this production of Shakespeare’s regenerative masterpiece relies on laughter to move us from the wint’ry nightmare of disease and flood to the gentle, summ’ry dreams of love.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream features WKP regular performers:
Michael A. Lake as Theseus, Duke of Athens and Oberon, King of Faeries.
Michael Sinkora as the entitled young lover Demetrius
Angelina Castro as the bereft Athenian maiden Helena
Andrew Vroman as the clever young lover Lysander
Shae Fitzgerald as the madcap puck, Robin Goodfellow,
Katie Mahoney as the aspiring actor Bottom
Michael McDermott as Hermia’s irascible father Egeus
Phillip Beattie tripling as Philostrate/ Peter Quince/Peaseblossom
And many roles feature WKP newcomers:
Katrina Ute Wilkinson as the Amazon Queen Hippolyta and the Faerie Queen Titania
Andria Rabenold as the feisty Athenian maiden Hermia,
Susan Preiss tripling as Snout/“Wall”/Cobweb
David Perez tripling as Starveling/Moonshine/Moth
Harry Reid tripling as Snug/Lion/Mustardseed
Devin Trager tripling as Flute/Thisbe/Cattail (Fairy)
Will Kempe’s Players replicates many of theatre conditions of the English Renaissance. Productions are set within a neutral scenic background and adaptable to indoor and outdoor locations. The productions use technology of the Renaissance—natural lighting illuminating performance and audience equally; live, acoustic music and sound effects ; and elegant, evocative costumes. Again as in the Renaissance, performances take place within a surrounding audience, enabling audience to participate in the creation of unique theatrical events.