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The Collective theater presents "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

11/2/2015

A Midsummer Night's DreamThe Collective, the theater production company of Concordia University Chicago, is proud to present William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The play is directed by Stephanie Stroud, with musical direction by Paul Scavone.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be performed at the Madison Street Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park, IL. Performances will run Nov. 12-14 and 19-21 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 15 and 22 at 2 p.m.

Jealousy has infected Titania and Oberon, the queen and king of fairies. Their feud has unleashed contagious fogs, rheumatic diseases and has caused the seasons to change. Unfortunately, a pair of young lovers and a group of amateur performers have stumbled into their celestial spat. Drawing on gothic love songs of the 80s, this musical reimagining brings Shakespeare’s most beloved romp to life, and reminds us how obsession, jealousy and revenge can decay the romantic notion of love.

Paul Scavone is an adjunct instructor on the music and theater faculty of Wright College and is cantor and assistant director of music at Queen of All Saints Basilica in Chicago. He holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from Northwestern University in voice and opera performance. A sought-after opera and musical performer, Scavone has performed lead roles in the Chicago area with Light Opera Works, Bowen Park Opera and Chamber Opera Chicago, and concert work with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Elgin Symphony, Lake Forest Symphony and the DuPage Chorale.

Stephanie Stroud has worked as a director and actor with Chicago companies including Lookingglass, Profiles, Victory Gardens, Pegasus Players, Mortar Theatre, Second City, Chicago Dramatists and Erasing the Distance. Stroud is the artistic director of The Collective and assistant professor of theater at Concordia University Chicago. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Washington and an M.F.A. in Theatre from Penn State University.

Tickets for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” can be purchased at CUCmidsummer.brownpapertickets.com, or by cash or check at the door before show time. General admission is $15, with discounts available for students and seniors.