‘A Season of Wonder’: Shakespeare Rep announces 2014-15 season

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Shakespeare Rep has announced its 2014-15 season lineup. A Season of Wonders will pair two enchanting romantic comedies that spotlight the magic of love: “Almost, Maine” by John Cariani and William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Hannah Brown.minThe season opens on October 10 with “Almost, Maine,” a contemporary romantic comedy, at the USCB Center for the Arts. The quirky, offbeat comedy has broken box office records at theatres across the country, and is currently one of the most produced plays in America. The play has earned immense critical acclaim for its poignant exploration of loss and loss in a remote town in upstate Maine. The New York Times described the play as “a series of nine amiably absurdist vignettes about love, with a touch of good-natured magic realism … This is a beautifully structured play, with nifty surprise endings (most but not all of them happy) and passing references to characters from other vignettes, which slyly tell us more about them.” The New York Post wrote, “The show offers a sweetness and decency that’s become rare at the theater. At this point, it’s a welcome breath of fresh air.”

Shakespeare’s superb comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will play at the Center for the Arts from March 19-22. The production brings together some of the area’s finest acting talent, along with guest artists from London, Chicago and Nashville. Artistic Director Debra Charlton remarks, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be our most ambitious production to date.  We are thrilled to bring together a world-class acting ensemble to stage one of Shakespeare’s most luminous and joyful comedies.”

Tickets for both productions are now on sale through the Center for the Arts website www.uscbcenterforthearts.com.

For further information, contact Debra Charlton at dcharlton@shakespearerep.co.