Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Georgia Shakespeare Season Kicks Off June 12 with Shakespeare's Comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream

Theatre Announces Daily Summer Festival Discounts

Georgia Shakespeare kicks off its 2009 Season on Friday, June 12 with Shakespeare's beloved comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream, performed at the Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University (4484 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA, 30319). A Midsummer Night's Dream runs in rotating repertory with Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus through July 31.

Tickets to A Midsummer Night's Dream range from $15 - $45 with discount preview performance tickets ($12) on June 10 and 11. For tickets or specific performance dates, call 404.264.0020 or visit http://www.gashakespeare.org/.

One of Shakespeare's most accessible comedies, A Midsummer Night's Dream tells the tale of two sets of mismatched lovers and the mischievous fairies that inhabit a moonlit forest.

"We're excited to open our 24th Anniversary Season with Shakespeare's audience favorite, A Midsummer Night's Dream," said Producing Artistic Director Richard Garner. "John Dillon and his cast and designers have breathed new life into this timeless tale of lovers, fairies and bumbling thespians. It's a perfect summer getaway for a couple, a group of friends, or the entire family. Plus, this year we are offering special ticket deals and added values to every performance."

Directed by award-winning director John Dillon (Coriolanus, Julius Caesar) A Midsummer Night's Dream features Georgia Shakespeare Associate Artists Brad Sherrill (Oberon), Tess Malis Kincaid (Titania), Chris Kayser (Nick Bottom), Joe Knezevich (Demetrius), Daniel Thomas May (Lysander), Courtney Patterson (Peaseblossom), Neal A. Ghant (Frances Flute), Tim McDonough (Tom Snout), Megan McFarland (Philostrate), and Chris Ensweiler (Peter Quince).

The cast also includes Georgia Shakespeare newcomers Michael Bradley Cohen (Puck), Alison Leigh Corke (Helena), Sarah M. Johnson (Hermia), Brian Harrison (Snug), Max Flick (Cobweb), and Casey Hoekstra (Mustardseed). A Midsummer Night's Dream's design team includes Tom Lee (scenic design), Mike Post (lighting design), and Sydney Roberts (costume design). Original music for this production has been composed by Klimchak, a recipient of the 2009 Loridans Arts Award.

In addition to award-winning theatre, Georgia Shakespeare offers an experience like none other in Atlanta. Guests are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy al fresco dining on the theatre's furnished picnic grounds. Guests may bring their own meals or have their dinners waiting when they order in advance from Terra Terroir, Georgia Shakespeare's official 2009 caterer.

Visit http://www.gashakespeare.org/ for more information.

Thirty minutes prior to every performance, guests are invited to attend Terrace Talks, a free pre-show orientation with members of Georgia Shakespeare's artistic staff. Terrace Talks take place on the picnic grounds.


Beginning with A Midsummer Night's Dream, Georgia Shakespeare will offer the following discounts and added value incentives throughout the summer festival season (June 10 - August 2, 2009):

TUESDAY NIGHTS - Cheap Date NightReceive two tickets for the price of one to any Tuesday night performance plus two complimentary drink coupons. Patrons must mention Cheap Date Night to the box office when ordering tickets. Not valid for online orders.

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS - GNO WednesdaysCelebrate Girls Night Out with Georgia Shakespeare. All female groups of five or more receive 20% off the cost of every ticket. Patrons must mention GNO night to the box office when ordering tickets. Not valid for online orders or for preview performance on June 10.

THURSDAY NIGHTS - Fans Only DealBecome a fan of Georgia Shakespeare on Facebook and receive discount offers every week.

FRIDAY NIGHTS - Casual FridaysPatrons are encouraged to relax on Georgia Shakespeare's furnished picnic grounds with a complimentary coffee or soda after every Friday night performance.SATURDAY MATINEES - Saturday SundaesPatrons enjoy free ice cream after every 2 p.m. performance.

SUNDAY PERFORMANCES - Staycation Rewards ProgramPatrons who tell the box office staff they are enjoying a summer staycation receive 15% off all tickets to Sunday performances. Patrons must mention Georgia Shakespeare's Staycation package to the box office when ordering tickets. Not valid via internet orders.
Georgia Shakespeare Box Office: 404.264.0020


Shakespeare Crasher Happy Hour - Wednesday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m.Shakespeare Crasher Happy Hour offers live social networking, cheap tickets, and happy hour festivities geared towards young and young-at-heart professionals. The evening features a beer and wine reception sponsored by Atlanta Brewing Company followed by an 8 p.m. performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Tickets are $25 and include the pre-show reception and a ticket to the performance. For ticket information, call the Georgia Shakespeare box office at 404.264.0020 or purchase online at http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102597675464&s=4961&e=001zoFW_4irIPJE7EKvS9PNNBsA65XAum-FpSNYlzhgeyFaARtbPPR5qVJV1_6maqRrgFV-uHtu79XPmslIGRv2L1inw8CR0MQl_Q5HQkEEkDPLTrwFCXTglg==.
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