Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Midsummer Night's Dream

The Minnesota Shakespeare Company opens its 2011 season with A Midsummer Night's Dream at Gremlin Theater in St.Paul July 5 through July 10, 2011.

Gremlin Theater

2400 University Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55114-1706

July 5, 2011-


July 6-9th,

2011 7:30 p.m.

July 10th Sunday matinee performance at 2:00

Tickets: Age 12 and under $10. Others $20.
Reservations: 651-641-0906

Directed by Mikel Clifford, A Midsummer Night's Dream is a typical Shakespearean comedy, opening with what looks like tragedy.

An Athenian, Hermia, rejects Demetrius, her mother's choice for a husband, and is told to accept him, enter a nunnery, or be put to death. So Hermia elopes into the forest outside Athens, accompanied by HER choice: Lysander. The couple is followed by Demetrius, the rejected suitor. Demetrius is followed by Helena, who loves HIM.

The woods are full of ancient mythic beings. Best-known of this group is Puck, a resident fairy whose mischievously earnest enchantments keep humans and spirits in an uproar. Although they embody Father & Mother Nature's powers, Oberon and Titania--the king and queen of the Fairies--have their own troubles. Added to the forest ensemble are a group of innocent workmen, who go there seeking a peaceful spot to rehearse a play they're working on.

Little do they know . . . .

Accompanied by a live band, magic spells, and mayhem, the play leaves us wondering--was it all a dream?

Friday, May 28, 2010

"Hamlet" Featured at Caponi Art Park, June 26, 2010

The Minnesota Shakespeare Company's celebrated and final performance of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark will be featured at Caponi Art Park's Shakespeare Festival, Saturday June 26, 2010 at 6:30pm. The Shakespeare Festival is set in the beautiful outdoor amphitheater of Caponi Art Park located in Eagan Minnesota. This event is free with a suggested donation of $4.00 per person. No reservations are needed. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

If it rains the show will be cancelled by Caponi Art Park Staff and there will be no make-up performance.

Caponi Art Park is located in Eagan Minnesota, just off 35E and Diffley Road. The address to the park is 1220 Diffley Road, Eagan MN 55123.

Parking: In addition to the main parking lot, performance parking is available at the Lexington-Diffley Athletic fields. Banners and signs will be posted. Walking distance to amphitheater is a hilly 5-minute hike from either entrance.

For more information about Caponi Art Park and The Shakespeare Festival please go to:


Minnesota Shakespeare Company contact information:

email: minnesotashakes@gmail.com or 651-786-9102

Sunday, May 2, 2010

"Hamlet" a Director's Note

Director’s Note:

Hamlet is Shakespeare's best known work: the most widely performed of his tragedies, and the topic of scholarly commentary sufficient to cover--if burned onto CDs--the state of Utah. Besides notoriety, Hamlet celebrates an Urstatus. From Hamlet, modern drama descended. Hamletintroduces the inner monologue: the soliloquy from which audiences learn how a character thinks, ponders, considers his predicament—tells them who he is.

Most importantly, it is a fine play. Hamlet has vivid characters, unanswered questions, arresting wit, a whole-grain plot, and a title role reserved for the very gifted and, preferably, the very self-absorbed. Shakespeare presents a man, mad with grief over his father's death and floored by his mother's tastelessly quick remarriage. In Hamlet, Shakespeare creates a new generation turning toward the Renaissance, in opposition to the old feudalism. Hamlet is a student intellectual oppressed by an older generation whose lives are governed by political expediency and by military force. He's an aristocrat, who's rebelled against his class by going to a forward-thinking University and making friends with commoners, by falling in love with a politician's daughter, and by hanging around with actors. As a man, Hamlet is everything that the world of politics and soldiering isn't. His world is bound by feelings and intellect, and--like most young people, he's inflamed by the compromises and the duplicities of the adult world.

Our production was fraught with disasters: actors stricken with food poisoning, chest pain, automobile accidents (3), Panic Attacks, better-paying offers, and an actual broken leg--the last suffered by Hamlet himself while rehearsing the fencing scene two weeks from our originally scheduled opening in January. Many of these disasters left us seeking replacement personnel. Through it all, five of the original actors and five original staff members remained for what unexpectedly totaled nine months of rehearsal.

Now, the birth.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Hamlet, a post-performance discussion

The Minnesota Shakespeare Company is delighted to announce that Dr.Joe Hughes, Professor of English at the University of Minnesota, will lead post- performance discussions of Hamlet on June 5 & June 12. Dr. Hughes is featured among the top ten people with whom you would want to have a drink.

We hope you can join us in what will prove to be a lively and entertaining performance and discussion.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Hamlet Cast List

The following talented actors have been selected for the June production of Hamlet.
Nick James-Hamlet
Robert Larsen-Claudius
Brian P. Joyce-Polonius, Captain
Christine DeZelar-Tiedman-Gentlewoman & Player Queen
Bill Gorman-Ghost of old Hamlet, Player King
Will Holmes-Laertes
Adelin Phelps-Ophelia
Steve Schmalz-Bernardo, Guildenstern, Priest
Nathan Tylutki-Marcellus, Lucianus, Gravedigger II
Luke Weber-Rosencrantz, Osric
Eric Wood-Grave Digger
Andrew Lamp-Horatio

Beth Henningsen-Violin
Chris Thompson-Piano

Mikel Clifford-Director
Shira Levenson-Stage Manager
Erica Fields-Producer

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

What, Has This Thing Appeared Again, Tonight?

The Minnesota Shakespeare Company's celebrated production manquee, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, opens at the Lowry Lab, Thursday, June 3rd. Nick James--playing the title role--again has two working legs, after breaking one during a rehearsal of the swordfight scene last December.

Hamlet, William Shakespeare’s most celebrated work. presents a new man of the Renaissance, seen in opposition to the old feudalist. He is a student intellectual, oppressed by an older generation whose lives are governed by political expediency and by military force. Hamlet is an aristocrat, who has rebelled against his class by going to a forward-looking University, by making friends with commoners, by falling love with a politician’s daughter, and by hanging around with actors. He is inflamed by the compromises and duplicities of the adult world. Religion is more frequently described, discussed, and acknowledged in Hamlet than in any other of Shakespeare’s plays. The production charts one of the great rites of passage: from immaturity to accommodation with death.

A live band accompanies the action. Mikel Clifford directs.

The show opens Thursday, June 3, 2010, and plays Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through June 13, 2010. Performances begin at 7:00 PM in the Lowry Lab Theatre, 350 St. Peter Street, St. Paul 55102.

*Pay What You Can Performance Monday June 7, 2010 7:00 pm

Note: An entrance into the Lowry Building from Wabasha is often locked.

All tickets are $15.00.

For reservations, phone 612-836-7529

Kindly include your phone number, preferred date, number of tickets.

Checks and cash accepted.

Parking discount for the Lowry Building Garage (Auto entrance on Wabasha).

email: minnesotashakes@gmail.com

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

"Hamlet" June 2010

The Minnesota Shakespeare Company presents, "Hamlet" at the Lowry Lab Theater in downtown St.Paul June 3-13, 2010. Performances are planned for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and Sunday at 7:00 PM. The company's January performance of, "Hamlet" was canceled when the actor playing the title role broke his leg in rehearsal two weeks before the show was scheduled to open. We look forward to seeing you in June!