Summer in Los Angeles would not be the same without a new production of the Shakespeare classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Blending Hindu and yogic elements with Shakespeare’s play, the Archway Studio/Theatre presents their original adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, July 12 through August 18, 2012.
Opening night is this Thursday and tickets are $18.
Adapted and directed by Steven Sabel, with yogic choreography by Annie Freeman, the production draws from textual references to India for its conceptual theme, and combines the Archway’s joint use as a yoga studio by day, theatre by night into a unique production of this popular play.
In a press release Mr. Sabel who is also the production's artisitc director said, “It’s a perfect blending of yoga and theatre art through Shakespeare’s most popular work in a way that lends itself to the text, and also creates a beautifully vivid performance.”
Freeman is the studio manager and principal yoga teacher at the Archway. She has given each of the play’s mythical characters a different Hindu god or goddess to study and represent, while also assigning specific yogic poses for each of the immortal characters.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream draws much of its humor from the struggle between its four star-struck lovers, and its famous play-within-the-play as performed by the common workmen in the story. Adding to the humor is Puck’s magical transformation of Bottom the weaver into an ass that the Queen of the fairies falls in love with.
The Archway location is also surrounded by popular eating establishments, including Café Americano, District Barbecue, Nola's, Novel Café, The Pie Hole, Wurstkuche, and Zip Fusion.
The Archway Studio/Theatre is located on 305 S. Hewitt Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013.