The CCRI Players will present the first installment of the second annual CCRI Summer Repertory series, William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” through Sunday, July 22, at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
The play will feature performances by CCRI students alongside alumni, members of the community and students from Beacon Charter High School, Jacqueline M. Walsh High School and Cranston High School West, all of whom were directly recruited by the CCRI Players and the CCRI theater program.
The events of the play take place around the impending nuptials between Duke Theseus of Athens and his bride to be, Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Egeus, a citizen, brings complaint against his daughter Hermia, begging the Duke for help. He’s made what he considers a perfect match for her with the young Demetrius. Hermia, however, is in love with young Lysander. This triangle is complicated by young Helena, Hermia’s childhood friend, who’s in love with Demetrius. Plainly put, it’s complicated.
To escape the arranged marriage, Hermia and Lysander run away to the forest, where they encounter the conniving fairies, led by the battling King Oberon and Queen Titania, and fall under some confusing magical circumstances.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be presented in the Bobby Hackett Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Ticket prices are $12 for general admission and $10 for students, seniors, faculty and staff. To reserve tickets call 401-825-2219.