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Brigham Young University
BYU's theater department gives the play a 19th century South American setting.

PROVO — Brigham Young University's department of theatre and media arts will present a colorful 19th century, South American setting of William Shakespeare's romantic comedy "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Written in the 1590s, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" tells the interlocking stories of an ever-shifting love-quadrangle between four young Athenians, the revenge of the king of the faeries on his estranged wife and a performance by a pompous but lovable troupe of amateur British actors.

Shakespeare's beloved play is a charming, multicultural comedy about the tyranny of repression, the struggles of love and the magic of theater to transform the world, according to director Megan Sanborn Jones.

Featuring all the trappings of a Latin America Carnival, the BYU production traces the complex process of colonization and cultural conflict in a mythical, South American country.

"Every time multiple cultures come into contact with one another, each influences the other for good and bad," Jones said. "How these vastly different peoples move towards resolution of their conflicts is the true magic of this most-beloved Shakespeare comedy."

The show's cast includes Ben Phalen as Lysander, Liliana Corona as Hermia, Genna Shepard Gardner as Helena, David Liddell Thorpe as Demetrius, Owen Merkling as Quince, Matt Leavitt as Bottom, Brittni Bills as Puck, Clotile Bonner as Titania and Michael Morris as Oberon.

Jones is joined on the production staff by Cory Stephens, choreographer; Marel Stock, dramaturg; Brian Ramos, production stage manager; Eric Fielding, scenic designer; Shiloh Cheney, costume designer; Barta Heiner, acting coach; David Morgan and Ryan Meyers, fight choreographers; and Elizabeth Funk, composer.

If you go

What: "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Where: Pardoe Theatre, Harris Fine Arts Center, BYU campus, Provo

When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25-Feb. 9/dress rehearsals Jan. 23 and 24; 2 p.m. matinee Feb. 2

Cost: $14/weeknight and student discounts available; $7 matinee, dress rehearsals

Phone: 422-4322

Web: performances.byu.edu