October 15, 2009 12:00AM
A Shakespearean comedy that tells the tale of mistaken passions during a magical romp through the forest will be presented by Pittsburg State University's theatre program next week.
Director and PSU communication instructor Gil Cooper and theatre students will present "A Midsummer Night's Dream," next Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 22-24, at Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium. Showtime is 8 p.m.
The production embraces the energy and magic found in passionate love, and recognizes that "the course of true love never did run smooth." The story focuses on Hermia, an Athenian lady, who is in love with a man other than the person her father intends her to marry. When she tries to run away with her lover - her jealous betrothed and best friend following after - they run into a magical lover's quarrel between the King and Queen of the fairies, resulting in much excitement and hilarity.
The production includes more than 20 PSU students, and is Cooper's latest directorial offering since "tempODYSSEY" and the drama "Marisol." It has been designed by communication professor Dan Williams, as well as Lisa Quinteros and Denise Williams.
Admission is free to PSU students, $8 for the general public, and $5 for those under 17 or over 65. Tickets are available through the PSU Ticket Office (620-235-4796) and the Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium 30 minutes prior to the show.