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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
FRICK PARK Sept 3 & 4, 24 & 25
HIGHLAND PARK Sept 10 & 11
WESTINGHOUSE PARK Sept 17 & 18
Twilight in SCHENLEY PLAZA Friday Sept 23 at 6 PM

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

The production team also includes: Matt Calvetti, music director; Rick Campbell, costume designer; Samantha Ruchter, property master; Alan Irvine, production manager; and Lauren Scheller-Wolf, stage manager.

Admission is free with online and onsite donations requested.

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

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.

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks is supported in part by The Pittsburgh Foundation, PNC Charitable Trusts, the Fine Foundation, The Heinz Small Arts Initiatives, and Opportunity Fund. Funding from The Arts Equity Reimagined (AER)/CAWG Group) provided PSiP with critical capacity building support during the pandemic to solidify operations and production planning.