April 24th and 25th: A Midsummer Night’s Dream – A Maryland Shakespeare Festival “Bare Bard”!

The Maryland Shakespeare Festival is celebrating their last “Bare Bard” of the season with Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I’m overjoyed they’ve chosen to do Midsummer, but saddened by the fact that the another season has come to an end. I’ve been following the MSF’s for two years now and have seen them do ten plays, eight of them as Bare Bard’s. I really should thank them for fostering much of my love of Shakespeare. For Showing me that Shakespeare is not just some stiff old white guy bleating some uncomprehendable, un-understandable, and totally nonsensical dialogue.  Instead they helped to show me that in reality Shakespeare can be fast, loose and funny at times. And weighty, dark, and deep at other times.

Yes I have seen Shakespeare performed by various other companies, and enjoy seeing the different takes, views, and ideas that they all bring to the same material. But the Maryland Shakespeare Festival has always seemed more like a down to earth, community based Shakespeare Company. Not to mention, the actors in the Bare Bards come from around the country to perform with the MSF on a voluntary, and unpaid basis. Simply for the learning experience, training, and the chance to do something they obviously love. They are always friendly and chose to hang around after Sundays show for an open discussion, and to answer any audience questions.

I really didn’t intend to write all this, but when I saw this was going to be the last Bare Bard of the season, it kinda took me back those last two years and all great plays I’ve seen. And in reality if I didn’t write about it here, then who would I tell? Considering all my friend’s are watching American Idol, and Dancing with the Stars (Yech), while I’m re-reading A Midsummer Night’s dream in anticipation of the next Bare Bard.

Link: Maryland Shakespeare Festivals – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

April 24th at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 25th at 2 p.m. Sunday’s performance will be followed by a celebratory cake-cutting ceremony with Shelly Aloi, representing the mayor of Frederick, and a post-show discussion.

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2 Responses

  1. That sounds so fun!! I am bummed I cannot get out to see this stuff. I am going to see Montgomery Playhouse’s version this weekend. My first live event since I’ve been blogging!

  2. Yeah… The next few weeks are kinda screwy, with multiple Hamlets and Midsummer’s going on at the same time.

    This Weekend I am going to Catch Baltimore Shakespeare Festival’s Hamlet since I haven’t seen them perform yet and there are only going to be four shows total, all this weekend.

    I may Catch Montgomery County’s Midsummer this same weekend or in two weeks.

    Weekend of the 24th The Maryland Shakespeare Festivals Midsummer

    Then, the first or second weekend of May – Hamlet: (DC) Folger Elizabethan Theatre (Since I haven’t seen a play their either)

    Should be REALLY interesting to see the different takes on the same plays back to back… Especially two of everyone’s favorites.

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