TROY — Will Kempe’s Players, the workers’ cooperative touring theater company from Troy, 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 3 p.m. 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.
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.
Please consult www.willkempesplayers.com or the Will Kempe’s Players Facebook page for the most up-to-date performance information about the company, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the summer/fall productions of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt.