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Scenic Designer C. David Russell and Scenic Charge Cassandra Lentz work on the stage design for Tantrum Theater’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Scenic Designer C. David Russell and Scenic Charge Cassandra Lentz work on the stage design for Tantrum Theater’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Photo courtesy of: Emma Perrin

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Tantrum Theater to stage ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’


Tantrum Theater will kick off its second summer season with a magical new staging of Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” running May 30–June 17 at the Abbey Theater in Dublin.

Father knows best in the stifling city, but outside in the woods, anything happens, everything goes. Four teens fool their fathers and skip town to elope in an enchanted forest. But it’s night and confusing, the fairies are feuding and who knows who you’re smooching. Topsy goes turvy, bottom is top and a donkey is king. Just when the whole world feels mad, we wake from the dream to a spanking new day — true selves are discovered, true lovers uncovered.

The delight of midsummer will come to life under the direction of Tantrum Theater’s Artistic Director Daniel C. Dennis, who directed last season’s “Little Shop of Horrors and has worked with Seattle Children's Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Seattle Opera and Seattle Shakespeare Company, among others.

The creative team includes Scenic Designer C. David Russell, returning with recognition from the Columbus Theatre Roundtable Awards for Excellence in Scenic Design for his work in last year’s “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Tammy Faye’s Final Audition.” Serving as costume designer is Helene Siebrits, whose work has been seen internationally at the Festival International d'Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence, the Sydney Opera House and Teatro Real, Madrid. They are joined by Lighting Designer Jonathan Spencer, who designed lighting for the 20th anniversary tour of “Rent” and the first national tour of “Priscilla Queen of the Desert,” and Sound Designer Christian Frederickson, whose credits include work at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Classic Stage Company and The Public Theater. The production’s assistant director and choreographer is Anne McAlexander, from Ohio University’s Professional Director Training Program.

Returning to Tantrum Theater in the role of Nick Bottom is Basil Harris, who played Dr. Orin Scrivello in last year’s “Little Shop of Horrors” and whose other acting credits include productions with New Victory Theater in New York, Seattle Repertory Theatre and Seattle Children’s Theatre, along with work on NBC’s “Grimm.” In the role of Puck is Kim Blanck, making her Tantrum debut with New York credits including Ars Nova and the New York Theater Workshop. Chicago-based Monica Orozco joins the cast as Titania/Hippolyta, having appeared in productions with The Goodman Theatre and Northlight Theatre at the Steppenwolf Garage, where she received a Jeff Award nomination for Best Ensemble and a Time Out Chicago Theatre Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Playing opposite Orozco as Oberon/Theseus is Fajer Kaisi, whose credits include the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, the Cleveland Playhouse, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and television work on “The Good Wife,” “The Blacklist,” and “Law and Order,” among others. Appearing as Peter Quince is New York-based Patrick Halley, who has previously performed with the Cleveland Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, Alliance Theatre, and the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Making his Tantrum debut in the role of Helenus is Vishaal Reddy, who has acted in New York and regional theater and will be seen in two upcoming Netflix original series. Ohio University alumnus Max Monnig will perform the role of Demetrius, along with Ohio University alumnae Claire Autran as Hermia and Bri McCabe as Lead Fairy/Philostrate.

Joining the cast from Ohio University’s M.F.A. Professional Actor Training Program are Alex Amery as Starveling, Lisa Buch as Snug, Annie Ganousis as Snout/Wall and Bruce McGlumphy as Flute. Undergraduate performance student Blake Dava will play the role of Lysander. The cast also includes a chorus of fairies played by children from Central Ohio.

Full performance schedule

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” by William Shakespeare, directed by Daniel C. Dennis

Tuesday, May 30, 7:30 p.m. Pay what you will preview

Wednesday, May 31, 7:30 p.m. Pay what you will preview

Thursday, June 1, 7:30 p.m. Press night – Pay what you will preview

Friday, June 2, 8 p.m. Opening, with a post-show reception at 10:15 p.m.

Saturday, June 3, 8 p.m.

Sunday, June 4, 2 p.m.

Wednesday, June 7, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 8, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, June 9, 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 10, 2 p.m.

Saturday, June 10, 8 p.m.

Sunday, June 11, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, June 13, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 14, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 15, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, June 16, 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 17, 2 p.m.

Saturday, June 17, 8 p.m. Closing

Ticket Information

For tickets and a full season calendar, visit www.tantrumtheater.org or call the Tantrum box office at 614-793-5700.

All shows will be performed at the Abbey Theater, Dublin Rec Center, 5600 Post Road, Dublin, OH 43017. Three-ticket flex passes and single tickets are on sale at tantrumtheater.org. All preview performances are pay-what-you-will. Single tickets are $28 for adults, $26 for seniors and $10 for students with valid ID.

About Tantrum Theater

Tantrum Theater was created to enrich the cultural landscape of the Central Ohio community with diverse and innovative programming and intercultural exchange. Later this summer, Tantrum will stage the critically acclaimed musical, “Caroline, or Change,” written by Tony Kushner with music by Jeanine Tesori, directed by Robert Barry Fleming, July 5–22. Later in the summer, timed to coincide with the annual Dublin Irish Festival, Tantrum will present “Into the West,” adapted for the stage by Greg Banks from the screenplay by Jim Sheridan, originally commissioned and produced by Travelling Light Theatre Company, UK, and directed by Jen Wineman, Aug. 1–19. Tantrum Theater and the Dublin Arts Council also offer fun and creative camps and workshops for kids and teens in both Dublin and Athens. Find a full schedule online at tantrumtheater.org/education.