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Shakespeare like you've never seen him before

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - UNCW is performing Shakespeare like you've probably never seen him before.

The school is putting on a modern version of A Midsummer Night's Dream, launching the centuries-old play into the age of technology.

At its heart, the show is about love, both passionate and unrequited. Several star-crossed lovers enter a magic forest where fairies meddle in their futures. Now the timeless story is getting an update.

"The way that we're taking on love is instead of going on the old-fashioned idea of when you fall in love your only idea is to get married, we sort of believe people fall in love every moment of every day," said actor Nick Reed. "There's something in everyone that you can fall in love with. We've decided to take pretty much the cute out of it and make it more real instead of the old-fashioned Shakespeare of trying to enunciate every word. We're trying to make it as real as possible."

The production is set in present day, with the cast in formal wear and an electronic backdrop.

"We don't have a single prop, oddly enough, and the entire sort of set is based off of technology," said Reed. "We have projections going around, and we're trying to make it almost a melodrama of the Shakespearean world but in our time."

This is the first Shakespearean work presented at UNCW since 2008.

UNCW Theatre's resident dramaturg, Dr. Charles Grimes, notes in a news release, "This production of Shakespeare's classic asks questions about love in our Internet- and media-saturated society. Given all these new ways to present real and virtual selves, what are the metaphors and stories we use to explain our need for romantic love?"

 

The show contains some content that may not be appropriate for all audiences.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

  • Feb. 21-23
  • 8:00 p.m.
  • Feb. 24
  • 2:00 p.m.
  • Mainstage in the Cultural Arts Building

For tickets, call (910) 962-3500, visit the Kenan Box Office or click here.

For a complete schedule of UNCW's theater season, click here.

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