Benefit Reading: "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (NDSF 2020)


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A Midsummer Night's Dream
Exclusive Benefit Reading — Limited Engagement!

Free to Watch Aug. 28-Sep. 1.

Proceeds benefit the Paul Rathburn Fund

The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival is proud to present a special online reading of Jeff Whitty's adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, in collaboration with Play On Shakespeare!

Originally commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Midsummer will be directed by Lavina Jadhwani as the culmination of NDSF's summer of online performances, classes, and panel discussions.

This Midsummer reading features Sarah Scanlon, Ariel in the NDSF 2016 production of The Tempest, and Cameron Knight, director of NDSF's 2018 production of Othello and star of NDSF 2017's production of Much Ado About Nothing. Titania and Bottom will be read by Chicago-based actors Susaan Jamshidi and Jason Goff, and Helena will be read by Nemuna Ceesay

Whitty, whose text is the basis of this reading, is an Academy Award-nominated and Tony Award-winning playwright (Avenue Q), screenwriter, and actor. 

Premiering August 28, at 7pm EDT, the reading will be available on the Shakespeare at Notre Dame YouTube channel for four days only. The performance is FREE; donations will benefit the Paul Rathburn Fund supporting NDSF artists. The Festival's founder and original producing artistic director, Dr. Paul Rathburn passed away February 12. The reading celebrates his legacy, and takes place on his birthday weekend.

The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival exists to enrich on-campus and surrounding communities and in the summer of 2020 celebrated the award of two prominent grants: the Play On Shakespeare! reading and another from the National Endowment for the Arts Shakespeare in American Communities: Juvenile Justice.

Click here to make a donation to the Paul Rathburn Fund.

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