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Since 1981 — Castaways celebrates our 34th season.

Season Tickets: A season ticket is a perfect gift. It’s always the right size, never duplicated, and won’t be re-gifted. It is the perfect way to say “_____” (fill in the blank: Thank you, I like you, I love you, Let’s have some date nights, I want to share the arts with you, etc). Your season tickets will be mailed to you prior to the first production. See “Productions” tab above for upcoming productions. Reserve your tickets for our fall Mainstage production.

Our Fall Mainstage production at the Ferlazzo will be:

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Directed by  Leslie Ann Ross

Performance Dates:  Oct 24 and 25, Oct 31 and Nov 1,  Nov 7 and 8, 8 pm;
Oct 26, and Nov 9 at 1:00 pm
NOTE: Some literature incorrectly listed the matinee start time as 2 pm.
We apologize for this discrepancy.

General Admission $14 (Matinee $10). Children 12 and under $7 (Matinee $5) More at “Tickets/Reservations” tab above.

Director’s Vision:  This production of Midsummer Night’s Dream takes place during the 1930s depression in New York City’s Central Park.  The Duke is actually a Mob Boss, Egeus a less powerful Mob Boss, the lovers are privileged children of Mob Bosses, Oberon is a failed gambler who is now living in a shanty town in Central Park and Titania is a former star of the stage who cannot get work and is also living in Central Park.  The young lovers, to be played by teenagers, Hermia, Lysander, Helena and Demetrius run away from the watchful eyes of the Mob Boss’ Henchman and go into Central Park moving through the shanty town trying to hide their identities.  There, amid shelters made of found objects, they are mystified by Oberon’s fairies as the long night transforms to day.

Play Synopsis:  “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” William Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, was written around 1594 or 95. Dealing with the universal theme of love and its complications: lust, disappointment, confusion, marriage, it features three interlocking plots, connected by a celebration of the wedding of Theseus, Duke of Athens and the Amazonian queen Hippolyta.  This production is set in 1930s New York during the worst of the depression.  Theseus is a godfather of a mob family, Philostrate his henchman and Egeus one of the leaders in the family. In the opening scene, Hermia refuses to comply with her father Egeus’s wish for her to marry his chosen man, Demetrius. In response, Egeus quotes to Theseus an ancient Athenian law whereby a daughter must marry the suitor chosen by her father, or else face death. Hermia and her lover Lysander therefore decide to elope by going into the shanty town in Central Park. Hermia informs her best friend Helena, but Helena has recently been rejected by Demetrius and decides to win back his favor by revealing the plan to him. Demetrius, followed doggedly by Helena, chases Hermia, who, in turn, pursues Lysander, from whom she becomes separated. Meanwhile, Oberon, king of the fairies and down on his luck gambler, and his queen, Titania (out of work actress), arrive in the Shanty town in Central Park.  Oberon and Titania are estranged because Titania refuses to give her Indian page-boy to Oberon for use as his henchman, since the child’s mother was one of Titania’s worshippers. Oberon seeks to punish Titania’s disobedience and recruits the mischievous Puck (also called Robin Goodfellow) to help him apply a magical juice from a flower called love-in-idleness, which makes the victim fall in love with the first living thing they see when they wake up. Oberon applies the juice to Titania in order to distract her and force her to give up the page-boy. Things become more complex when Oberon encounters the Athenian lovers and tells Puck to use the magic to aid their love lives. Due to Puck’s errors, Hermia’s two lovers temporarily turn against her in favor of Helena. The four pursue and quarrel with one another, losing themselves in a smog of Puck’s doing and in a maze of their romantic entanglements. Meanwhile, a band of “rude mechanicals” (lower-class craftsmen) have arranged to perform a crude play about Pyramus and Thisby for Theseus’s wedding, and they venture into Central Park to rehearse. Nick Bottom, a stage-struck weaver, is spotted by Puck, who transforms his head into that of a donkey. Titania is awakened by Bottom’s singing, and she immediately falls in love with him. She treats him as if he were a nobleman and lavishes attention upon him. While in this state of devotion, she encounters Oberon and gives him the Indian boy. Having achieved his goal, Oberon releases Titania and orders Puck to remove the ass’s head from Bottom. The magical enchantment is removed from Lysander but it is allowed to remain on Demetrius, so that he may reciprocate Helena’s love. The fairies then disappear, and Theseus and Hippolyta arrive on the scene in Central Park. They wake the lovers and, since Demetrius no longer loves Hermia, Theseus overrules Egeus’s demands and permits the two couples to marry. The lovers decide that the night’s events must have been a dream. After they exit, Bottom awakes, and he too decides that he must have experienced a dream “past the wit of man to say what dream it was.” In front of the Park Plaza hotel in New York City, Theseus, Hippolyta and the lovers watch the craftsmen-players perform the badly-written play “Pyramus and Thisby.” It is badly performed and ridiculous but gives everyone pleasure regardless, and after the mechanicals dance a Charleston, everyone retires to bed. Finally, as night falls, Oberon and Titania bless all and Puck delivers an epilogue to the audience asking for applause.

Community Support: As with every non-profit community theater, we depend on the support of individuals, groups, and corporations.  As a donor you will help us to continue our tradition of bringing the performing arts to Prince William County.  Our Castaways Contributors are listed in our programs and on our web site for the season to acknowledge their patronage. Contributors who wish to remain anonymous are listed as Confidential Contributors. Your contribution is tax deductible. For your records our tax number is as follows: 54-1238782.  For more details look under the “Help out/Support us” tab above. The Castaways Repertory Theatre is a non-profit organization affiliated with the NVTA, WATCH and partial funding has been provided by Prince William County.

 

 

 

 

Date published: November 17, 2014