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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Lost lovers. Fairie magic. Mistaken identities. Conjuring laughter.
Our 18th mainstage production of Shakespeare’s magical romantic comedy in four Pittsburgh parks, Sept. 3-25.

Directed by JENNIFER TOBER

WEEKENDS in September – Saturdays & Sundays at 2 PM

Sat. & Sun. Sept 3 and 4 at 2 PM, Frick Park (enter at Beechwood and Nicholson, 3 minute walk straight down the path)

Sat & Sun Sept 10 (talkback) and 11 at 2 PM, Highland Park (by Super Playground)

Sat & Sun Sept 17 and 18 at 2 PM, Westinghouse Park (by Thomas Blvd near the building)

Fri Sept 23 Schenley Plaza in Oakland at 6 PM

Sat & Sun Sept 24 and 25 at 2 PM, Frick Park (enter at Beechwood and Nicholson, 3 minute walk straight down the path)

Read the show program (PDF).

Explore PSiP’s original resources for all ages:

Comic Synopsis by Lydia Aceto

Parents’ and Kids’ Guide edited by Catherine Aceto

Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream will call on the powers of magic and love as Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks’ continues its 18th year. Artistic Director Jennifer Tober steps back into the directing realm with this summer’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream production.

“Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most well-loved comedies involving love triangles, several subplots, and a magical world of faeries and sprites,” says Tober. “This enchanting play is needed right now to make us laugh, bring us together in our beautiful parks, and transport us to a place of laughter and wonder.”

Using the outdoor environs and found spaces in our parks, Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks creates exciting, muscular productions that use diverse, innovative casting, engage the audience in unique ways and bring new life to Shakespeare’s words, delighting thousands of patrons of all ages and all walks of life.

The 22nd production by PSiP, Dream will move through four parks with nine performances on weekends, September 3-25. For the first time, performances will be held in historic Westinghouse Park while returning to Frick and Highland Parks, in addition to Schenley Plaza in Oakland where PSiP will return for one twilight performance.

A cast of 13 will appear in multiple roles that include royalty of both the human and fairy realms and the lovers, fairies, and working folk who populate the play.

The characters and actors are led by:

Oberon/Theseus – Jalina McClarin
Titania/Hippolyta – Tracey D. Turner
Puck, a mischievous fairy – Cornel Gabara *

The Athenean lovers, who get lost in the magical forest, are:

Helena- Alexandra Hellinger
Hermia – Catherine Baird
Demetrius – Aaron Crutchfield
Lysander – Harper York

The “Rude Mehanicals”, who enact the comic play-within-the-play “Pyramus and Thisbe”, and also appear as these and other fairy characters, are:

Peter Quince/Cobweb – Bob Colbert
Bottom, the Weaver/Pyramus- Stoney (Charles) Richards *
Snug the Joiner/Lion/First Fairy/Egeus – Clark Eileen Atkinson
Snout the Tinker/Wall/Moth – Matt Calvetti
Flute the Bellows Mender/Thisbe/Mustardseed – Matt Henderson
Starveling the Tailor/Peasblossom/Philostrate – Kalee George

The production team also includes: Matt Calvetti, music director; Ricky Lyle, costume designer; Samantha Kuchta, scenic and properties designer; Mimi Wilson, dramaturge; Alan Irvine, production manager; Lauren Scheller-Wolf, stage manager; Sylar Rella, assistant stage manager; Lindsay Victoria Smelcer, assistant director; and Moriah Turner, Covid safety manager.

Admission is free with online and onsite donations requested.

#freeforall

Photo: Catherine Welsh Aceto
Graphic Design: Sara-Anne Lee

Saturday, September 10: Britsburgh Post-Show TalkBack

PSiP is a partner of Britsburgh, building bridges across communities by driving growth in British-American culture, history, education, tradition, and trade in Pittsburgh. PSiP’s opening weekend will again be part of this annual regional festival of all things British with its Saturday, September 10 performance when a talkback will follow the 2 pm show in Highland Park.

Connect. Support. And Dream with us…

Dear Friends:

Your support of Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks in 2021 is making so much possible for our 18th season in 2022! Get ready as for our magical 22nd production, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, in four of our beautiful Pittsburgh parks every weekend in September. I can’t wait to see you there! 

We are thankful that you have helped us to bring free Shakespeare to our city parks and community spaces for the past 17 years! We can’t continue this journey without you. If you donated in 2021, thank you. Please know we count on your support again this year Thank you for helping to create exciting, free outdoor Shakespeare for all.

Jennifer Tober, Artistic Director on behalf of Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks’ Board of Directors

#freeforall #freewill #PSIP18


Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks is dedicated to bringing FREE Shakespeare plays to Pittsburgh audiences in our beautiful city parks since 2005. Our outdoor company has performed 16 plays in parks and public spaces to a total of over 15,000 audience members. PSIP believes that access to excellent, free theater is a right that all citizens should have. Thank you for supporting our mission of free theatre for all!

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Bringing free Shakespeare to the Steel City since 2005.

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Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks’ productions are supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Production Sponsors

Additional support from:

  • The Pittsburgh Foundation
  • PNC Charitable Trust
  • The Fine Foundation
  • The Heinz Small Arts Initiatives
  • Opportunity Fund
  • Arts Equity Reimagined/Covid-19 Arts Working Group

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks celebrates 18 seasons of bringing FREE Shakespeare plays to the Steel City!

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