Shakespeare Festival at Tulane announces season

April 4, 2014 10:00 AM

New Wave staff

In a quest to bring audiences something truly different, the upcoming season of the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane University will present Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream as a feast for the eyes, heart and funny bone. 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Michael Scott, who is trained in aerial silk performance, portrays a fairy for a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream staged by the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane. (Photo by Benjamin Carver)

“With the help of new technology, viewers will be led from an elegant but earthbound palace into a magical forest where some of the inhabitants may not be bound by anything at all,” says Clare Moncrief, managing director. “It will be a world where even the fools are enchanting.” Performances will run from June 14–July 12.

After last year’s smash run, the festival will remount The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), which takes the audience on an uproarious and irreverent romp through all of the Bard’s plays. The show will run from June 22–July 19.

The Shakespeare Festival also announces that it will be one of a small number of Shakespeare Festivals in North America to be visited by a team from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, based in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. On July 10, the team will give presentations about their work and the work of the organization, which is responsible for the conservation of many of the world’s most important Shakespeare heritage sites.

This year, the Shakespeare Festival also will feature two unique evenings of Shakespearean readings with a twist. Further details will unfold as the season draws near.

To close out the summer, the students of the Gavin Mahlie All Things Shakespeare Training Program will present a full production of Twelfth Night from July 31–Aug. 3.

Ticket prices ($25 for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and $15 for other shows) are some of the lowest in the city for live theater, Moncrief notes.  In addition, the festival offers a student rate of $15 for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and $12 for the other shows.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000