The University Record, May 20, 2002

Shakespeare returns to Arboretum

Back by popular demand, the actors and the audience will take to the woods when the Residential College and Nichols Arboretum repeat last year’s impressive and unique presentation of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

This production, under the direction of Residential College Lecturer Kate Mendeloff, will feature eight performances in June. Performances will begin at 7 p.m. June 13–15 and 20–22. The play will begin at 3 p.m. June 16 and 23.

Tickets are available at the gate at 1610 Washington Heights and cost $10 for general admission and $5 for students. Free parking is available on Washington Heights in lot M-28, opposite Markley Hall.

Audience members are encouraged to bring their own seating and to wear comfortable shoes as this is a moving performance with the audience as well as the players traveling from glen to hillside through the Arboretum. The sylvan surroundings set the natural stage for both the actors and the audience to enjoy the freedom and imagination depicted by Shakespeare’s young lovers through fantasy, dream and delusion.

Photo of last year’s troupe by Paul Jaronski, U-M Photo Services