The American Shakespeare Center’s 2019/20 National Tour comes to Georgetown with a A Midsummer Night’s Dream on February 1, 7:00 p.m. at the Historic Winyah Auditorium. The Saturday evening performance will be the highlight of The Georgetown School of Arts and Sciences’ 6th Annual Georgetown Shakespeare Festival. Come see a Midsummer romp full of “humor and wonder” with “spellbinding storytelling...perfect for children and adults alike.” (C-Ville Weekly)
ASC’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream wades into a bayou of masked hobgoblins, enchanting nymphs, and imps who sing the blues. Featuring the oblivious Bottom, plucky Helena, and mischievous Puck, A Midsummer Night’s Dream boasts some of Shakespeare’s most beloved and iconic characters.
“Fans nationwide will love what we’ve done with this play,” says director Nathan Winkelstein, “ASC on Tour gives us the incredible opportunity to present this beloved Shakespeare classic with our own supernatural New Orleans twist.” Original music in this production, drawing inspiration from bluegrass to bebop to barbershop sets the scene of the magical bayou. ASC’s actor-musicians play live music before the show and during intermission, covering modern classics that riff on the themes of Shakespeare’s play.
The 2019/20 season marks ASC’s 31st annual tour since the company began in 1988 as Shenandoah Shakespeare Express. In just over the past thirty years, the ASC National Tour has performed in 46 U.S. states, one U.S. territory, and five foreign countries. In 2018/19, the tour travelled over 15,000 miles, bringing the magic of the American Shakespeare Center to more than 16,000 patrons. As Artistic Director Ethan McSweeny puts it: “Touring is in our DNA.”
Don’t miss the enchanting work of these talented artists for their limited engagement — February 1 — in Georgetown. See the groundbreaking work of the American Shakespeare Center as they travel the nation, bringing their signature style to the Historic Winyah Auditorium. Tickets for A Midsummer Night’s Dream are available at www.georgetownshakespearefestival.org or by calling the Georgetown School of Arts and Sciences at (843) 520-4359.