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Wilson Students Put Twist on Shakespeare Classic


BY MEREDITH ELLISON, CONTRIBUTOR

While many students complain about having to read Shakespeare in English class, the members of the Wilson Shakespeare Society are busy putting their own creative twist on one of Shakespeare’s most well known plays; “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The performances will be March 19-21 in the Black Box.

Nathan Kovar, Junior, explained that “people think Shakespeare is boring because they only know about the boring ones.” Luckily Harriet Bronstein, the director of the play, is known for taking a creative route when adjusting the plays for Wilson’s productions. This year’s play is set in San Francisco in 1968, around the time of the hippie revolution.

Bronstein explained that “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is “one of the most popular Shakespeare plays, it’s more silly, you have to think less hard to follow it.” She added that in Wilson’s production there will be dancing and original music so people “should not be afraid [to see it] because it’s Shakespeare.”

The play features a cross-dresser, a lion, and a fairy playing jokes on everyone. Junior, Kellik Dawson described the play as “non-stop excitement” and added that if you come, “you get to laugh at everyone.” Another unique aspect of Wilson Shakespeare Society’s performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is that it has been cut down as Bronstein always shortens Shakespeare plays at Wilson.

Like many other Shakespeare plays, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” was not written using language that Wilson students use on a regular basis. Sophomore, Teo Topa said that the language of Shakespeare plays “can make learning lines harder, but in some ways it’s easier because of rhymes, almost like a poem.”

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is definitely not something that you want to miss. Kovar says that this year’s play is “different than anything you’ve ever seen.”  Tickets will only be $5 for students so everyone should come out and support their classmates in an updated spin on a classic play.