SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> For lovers of theater, and who knows, maybe lovers in general, there are few things in summer more pleasing that an outdoor performance of a great play.
Since William Shakespeare is considered the finest English playwright to ever write for theater, attending one his plays in an idyllic setting might be a summer highlight.
On Tuesday, Saratoga Shakespeare opens Shakespeare’s delightful pastoral comic romp, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” that runs Tuesdays through Sundays until July 29. That the production is offered free of charge is a happy bonus.
One of the special qualities of attending Shakespeare presented in a park-setting is the family-friendly atmosphere it fosters. Groups come together, arrive early (you must bring your own seats), and picnic on the grass while waiting for the performance to start. A treat for the younger audiences is that at the end of the performance the actors mingle with viewers while still in costumes. They play with the kids while seeking donations from the parents.
Introducing youngsters to theater, and Shakespeare in particular, has a special resonance with the director of “Midsummer,” Wesley Broulik. In a recent interview he explained the concept of free theater to family-oriented audiences is what drew him to become a member of Saratoga Shakespeare.
This is Broulik’s third season with the company, Audiences might remember him as playing the title character in last year’s ”Cyrano de Bergerac” or performing Don Armado in the 2015 production of…
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