Saturday, September 3, 2016

A Mid-summer Night's Dream at the Stonewall Bar.


I went to sketch a dress rehearsal of the William Shakespeare classic, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" presented by Howler's Theatre and Unseen Images T at Stonewall Bar (741 W. Church St. Orlando FL). While walking to Stonewall y was shocked to see the new MLS Stadium half build in the heart of the Parramore district. Gentrification is spreading fast, west of downtown. Stonewall is right next to the stadium with rainbow colors projected in column on the facade.

The play opens with Lysander (Nick Lubke) deeply in love with Hippolyta, (Tiana Akers). He pursues her, but he heart is not so easily won.  Each time she refuses his affections his adoration grows stronger. When this love is lost, she is confused.

HERMIA
Why are you grown so rude? What change is this,
Sweet love?

LYSANDER
Thy love! Out, tawny Tartar, out!
Out, loath├Ęd med'cine! O hated potion, hence!

These lovers are in my sketch, as Lysander restrains Hermia who is at a loss to see why her lover has abandoned her, and accuses Helenus (Scott Browning) of stealing Lysander away from her.  This production features plenty of gender bending with men taking female roles and women taking men's roles . This gives the plot a modern twist and ads plenty of colorful fun to the plot.

 Oberon, king of the fairies (Monica Mulder), dressed in black, calls upon Robin "Puck" Goodfellow, (Charlie Wright) her "shrewd and knavish sprite", to help her concoct a magical juice derived from a flower called "love-in-idleness", which turns from white to purple when struck by Cupid's arrow. When the concoction is applied to the eyelids of a sleeping person, that person, upon waking, falls in love with the first living thing they perceive. This potion applied to the wrong eyes leads to lovers previous affections to melt like the snow as they pursue a new love. Both Lysander and Demetrius, (Domino Thomas), fall desperately in love with Helenus and since all three are men, the lover's triangle becomes as physical as a football match.

Although the performances will take place outdoors, the audience will be completely covered from rain and all performances will go on rain or shine. Due to the location of the show, only guests 21+ will be admitted.

The production will run for 8 performances on the following dates and times:
Friday and Saturday evenings September 2 - September 24 at 7:30 pm. Please note that the Saturday 9/10 performance will begin at 7:00 pm instead of 7:30.

Tickets are $22 and can be purchased at:
https://unseenimagestheatre.ticketleap.com/midsummer/

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