Fall Foliage Shakespeare returns to Lost Nation Theater:
A Midsommer Nights Dreame
Ha Ha! Don't worry, producing artistic director Kathleen hasn't forgotten how to spell - that's the first folio spelling!
And of course - as we return to Shakespeare in this time of Covid-19 - led by director Ann Harvey (the founder of LNT's "Fall Foliage Shakespeare" tradition - we are using the folio!
Plus - performing and rehearsing as they would have in Shakespeare's day.
We are so fortunate to have Ann Harvey, noted Shakespeare expert, guiding us all the way!
This is a one-time only, FREE, abridged staged reading on the steps of the Vermont State House.
Cue Scripts (where the word "role" came from) will be used, enough movement to keep it clear for us all what is happening in the story, music from fiddler Susan Reid, and sound support from Bennett Shapiro of Mad Tech Sound.
Audiences are asked to remembers and adhere to social distancing protocols, wear masks at all times, bring your own cushion or blanket, or low chair (you'll be sitting on the steps of the Vermont State House, or on the lawn), and have a great time!
Actors will have clear masks and face shields. Our own "abridged" version will run approximately 75 minutes. There will be no intermission.
Giant shoutout of Thanks to Bennett Shapiro, MadTech Sound for making sure that the actors will be heard
This is a free event, tho' donations will be gratefully accepted.
Sunday September 20 2pm.
(Rain Date: Monday September 21. 5pm)
Our Midsommer Nights Dream abridged staged reading brings together Lost Nation Theater favorites, from recent and wayyyy back seasons! - and some folks we've been wanting to collaborate with for a long time!
Director/Dramaturg: Ann Harvey
Composer: Kathleen Keenan
Fiddler: Susan Reid
Sound Engineer: Bennett Shapiro, MadTech Sound
Sound Assistant: Andrew Vachon
Tech & Props: Kim Bent and Ann Harvey
G Richard Ames, Sorsha Anderson, Kim Allen Bent, Dawn Ellis, Erin Galligan Baldwin, Jessica Goodlin, Lisa Jablow, Maren Langdon Spillane, Maura O'Brien
Rachel Olsen Natvig, William Pelton, Mark S Roberts, Jennifer Sassaman, Dominic Spillane, Kim Ward, Carolyn Wesley, Margo Whitcomb
Special Thanks to:
Erin Galligan Baldwin, and Open Door Theatre & Stage 32
Capitol Copy & its crew
Taryn Noelle, and Deb & Nancy at Vermont State Buildings & Grounds
We dedicate this production to the memory of Lost Nation Theater's longtime champion and Board Chair Anthony Otis.
25 years ago, Anthony was instrumental in getting LNT's Fall Foliage Shakespeare tradition off the ground.
He loved Montpelier, the community, and - the Vermont State House, as a member of "Friends of the Vermont State House", the Montpelier Historical Society, and as a lawyer/lobbyist who worked at the State House a lot!
Anthony left this world earlier this summer, and it is our honor to have the opportunity to commemorate just one way he shaped Lost Nation Theater and secured its future, with this staged reading on the state house steps.
(Lost Nation Theater & Essential Stages first "Fall Foliage Shakespeare" production was As You Like It in 1995, directed by Ann Harvey.)