The Oberlin Review

Oberlin Opera Invites You to Dream with Them

Mayan Levin

November 8, 2019

A Midsummer Night’s Dream takes the viewer on an adventure, following the lives of humans and fairies alike. With magical twist and turns instigated by the fairy king, Oberon, the opera delves deep into the emotional journey between four lovers and their confusion in the fairy woods. Premiering in 1960, the operatic performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, composed by Benjamin Britten, has remained fresh throughout the decades. This week, the production comes to Oberlin Opera Theater. Performers of all ages have come together to create the ethereal opera, which features the Oberlin Choristers, a community children’s vocal group, and Andrew Lipian, OC ’12, in the role of Oberon. “[Thi...

A group of actors congregate in a round robin for an informal, spontaneous performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. College sophomores Jay Shapiro and Chris Puglisi organized the experimental outdoor reading that took place Saturday.

Students Organize Informal Shakespeare Performance

October 3, 2014

An exciting experiment in directing and acting occurred on Saturday when students met in Wilder Bowl for an open reading of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. College sophomores Jay Shapiro and Chris Puglisi proposed to direct a version of the Shakespeare play that was audition and rehearsal-free, with a single time commitment at the conclusion of last semester. According to Shapiro, the two directors were inspired by writer and director Joss Whedon, who would host brunches with his...

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