Fairies and lovers and some mischievous half-goat/half man with a pan flute converge in the classic William Shakespeare play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Pacific Lutheran University’s Eastvold Mainstage.
The show is a production by PLU’s chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, a national theatre honor society devoted to supporting student-produced works. The play features contemporary costuming and an expressionistic, whimsical set and showcases some of the theater school’s rising stars.
The production explores the transformative power of both dreams and imagination, with contemporary costuming, and an expressionistic, whimsical set under the direction of PLU senior Jordan Beck. “It’s not my vision being played out on stage – it’s our vision.”
One of Shakespeare’s most fanciful plays, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” tells the story of four young adults who are denied the right to marry the people they love. These lovers at a loss wander into the mysterious woods in hopes of finding a way to escape the traditional rules of society that forbid them to be joined in marriage. But they are not alone in the woods, and the creatures are not at peace with each other and the humans find themselves caught in the crossfire.
This classic Shakespearean comedy explores the dangers and exhilarations of dreams, the power and nature of desire, and “the course of true love,” which “never did run smooth.”
“The primary conflict in the show is between the forces of reason and logic and the forces of passion,” Beck said. “I think that’s a struggle that we in college always have to fight with.”
It is believed to have been written between 1590 and 1596 and deals with a mess of issues that range from cultural traditions and societal expectations to gender roles and sexual identity.
The show runs this weekend only. Times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Eastvold. Tickets are $5 for students at $8 for general admission.