George Fox’s theatre department presents Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ as fall comedy

October 4th, 2017

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Shows scheduled Oct. 19-21 and Oct. 26-29 in school’s Wood-Mar Auditorium

NEWBERG, Ore. – George Fox University’s theatre department will present one of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, on the university’s Wood-Mar Auditorium stage in October.

Directed by Professor of Theatre Rhett Luedtke, the production will be presented Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 19-21, and again Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 26-29. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. with the exception of the Sunday, Oct. 29, performance, scheduled as a 2 p.m. matinee.

Tickets – $12 for general admission, $8 for seniors and George Fox alumni, and $6 for students and children under 12 – can be purchased online at Tickets are also available for purchase in the university’s box office, located in the Bruin Store, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, or in the lobby box office one hour prior to each production.

The play is typically set in an enchanted forest with mischievous fairies, sparring lovers and a group of bumbling, amateur actors. Director Luedtke took some liberties with the traditional forest setting, however.

“As I was working on the play this summer, I was struck by the inherent class structure and division of labor within the play,” he said. “Both the human and fairy kingdoms feature those that rule and those that serve. In addition, I was struck by [character] Titania’s description of a world filled with contagious fogs, floods and rheumatic diseases. When I combined both of those ideas into one, it became clear that the play’s ideas, and its comedy, could be set in an imaginary industrial world that feels like an abstract version of Victorian England.

“Our hope is that the setting will allow those in the audience to wonder about the divisions of labor we have created, and to also wonder about the connections between the human world and our environment.”

The cast includes Hannah Strawn (“Hermia”), a junior theatre and psychology double major from Riverside, California; Olivia Stuart (“Helena”), a junior theatre and psychology double major from Portland, Oregon; Reid Arthur (“Lysander”), a sophomore theatre major from Medford, Oregon; Karsten Montgomery (“Demetrius”), a junior music major from McMinnville, Oregon; Sarah Aldrich (“Titania”), a senior theatre major from Mulino, Oregon; Jesse Groat (“Oberon”), a senior theatre and music double major from Newberg, Oregon; Cora Beeman (“Puck”), a junior theatre major from Bellevue, Washington; and Travis Cox (“Bottom”), a sophomore theatre major from Newberg, Oregon.

The George Fox University theatre department has been recognized by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. with awards for individual acting, set design, and overall production.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian universities in the country and is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university. Money magazine ranked it the No. 1 school in Oregon in its 2017-18 “Best Colleges for Your Money” list. More than 4,000 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, six seminary degrees, and 13 master’s and doctoral degrees.


Rhett Luedtke
Professor of Theatre, George Fox University

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