The American Shakespeare Center to perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The American Shakespeare Center’s (ASC) 2019/2020 National Tour is coming to Pikeville, Ky., with a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on November 5. A live music pre-show will begin at 6:30 p.m. and performance at 7:00 p.m. at the University of Pikeville, Booth Auditorium.

ASC’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream wades into a bayou of masked hobgoblins, enchanting nymphs, and imps who sing the blues. Featuring the oblivious Bottom, plucky Helena, and mischievous Puck, A Midsummer Night’s Dream boasts some of Shakespeare’s most beloved and iconic characters.

“Fans nationwide will love what we’ve done with this play,” said Director Nathan Winkelstein. “ASC on Tour gives us the incredible opportunity to present this beloved Shakespeare classic with our own supernatural New Orleans twist.” Original music in this production, drawing inspiration from bluegrass, to bebop to barbershop sets the scene of the magical bayou. ASC’s actor-musicians play live music before the show and during intermission, covering modern classics that riff on the themes of Shakespeare’s play.

The 2019/2020 season marks ASC’s 31st annual tour since the company began in 1988 as Shenandoah Shakespeare Express. During the past thirty years, the ASC National Tour has performed in 46 U.S. states, one U.S. territory and five foreign countries. 

Audiences can enjoy the enchanting work of talented artists for the November 5, performance in Pikeville. Tickets for A Midsummer Night’s Dream are $5.00 for community members and the event is free with a UPIKE ID. 

About the American Shakespeare Center

The American Shakespeare Centerrecovers the joys and accessibility of Shakespeare’s theatre, language, and humanity by exploring the English Renaissance stage and its practices through performance and education. Year-round in Staunton’s Blackfriars Playhouse— the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre — the ASC’s innovative programming and “shamelessly entertaining” (The Washington Post) productions have shared the delights of Shakespeare, modern classics and new plays with millions over the past 30 years. Beyond the Playhouse, the ASC is a hub for Shakespeare education and scholarship and also tours from Texas to Maine each year with a repertory of three plays. Founded in 1988 as Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, the organization became the American Shakespeare Center in 2005 and can be found online atwww.americanshakespearecenter.comand onFacebook,Instagram, andTwitter. ASC programming is sponsored in part by the Ambrose Monell Foundation, the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge, the National Endowment for the Arts: ArtWorks and Shakespeare in American Communities in partnership with Arts MidWest; The Shubert Foundation, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the generosity of countless donors.