Love, obsession and jealousy follow four crisscrossed lovers as they venture into an enchanted fairy forest in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Now, with help from theater professional Jeremy Dubin of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Xavier’s theater department joins with the magic and humor in Shakespeare’s most famous comedy. “We like to do a big, classic play at least every two years,” Stephen Skiles, director of theatre, said. “We were due for another Shakespeare.”
A gaggle of medically-induced lovers, an aptly-named thespian who acts like an ass and a copious amount of conjuring make up the wonder that is the Xavier University Department of Music and Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s classic “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” This raucous production, directed by Jeremy Dubin of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, combines modern adaptation with enthusiastic performances to create the finest production yet staged by the department.
Tonight I was able to catch the final dress rehearsal of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at Xavier University. I don’t typically review rehearsals but I did want to make a few comments about the show so that some of you who may be on the fence can decide if you should go see it or not.
Xavier University’s Theatre program is quickly developing a reputation of excellence. Under the leadership of Stephen Skiles, the students in this new program get the experience of working with some of Cincinnati’s finest theatre professionals as they produce their season. Last time it was Regina Pugh (marvelous in Ensemble Theatre’s THE OTHER PLACE) directing BLACK FLY SPRING. This time out, its Cincinnati Shakespeare Company resident artist, Jeremy Dubin, helping bring one of the Bard’s mos
Students, faculty and visitors often have the opportunity to attend musical and theatrical performances at Xavier. However, they may not know just who holds the chaos of ticket sales and behind-the-scenes operations together to make these experiences possible.
Xavier Theatre will present a production of the play “Black Fly Spring” from Dec. 4-7 in the Gallagher Student Center Theatre. The show features four Xavier students in its cast under the direction of Regina Pugh from the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and is the first fully-staged production of the play.
This year seems to be one of the busiest seasons the Xavier Department of Music and Theatre has had. To start off, the department is opening with “The Last Five Years,” a musical depicting the relationship of Cathy, a young actress, and Jamie, an aspiring novelist.
Patrick Phillips, a 2014 graduate of Xavier University, was nominated by Cincinnati Landmark Productions Executive Artistic Director Tim Perrinno for his work as an actor. Patrick has appeared in productions at both Xavier and the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts. He graduated this May with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre and English.
For lovers of musicals like “The Book of Mormon,” Xavier’s Department of Music and Theatre will be opening “Avenue Q,” a funny, quirky and delightfully crude coming-of-age story that is sure to resonate with students and adults alike.
New to students this spring semester is a theatrical directing class taught by Cincinnati theater professionals Michael Evan Haney and D. Lynn Meyers. Both have worked extensively directing and directing numerous productions in the Cincinnati area and across the county.
The Xavier University Department of Music & Theatre gave students the opportunity to attend a live reading of “The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later” to cap off the two-week showing of Michael Perlman and Fault Line Theatre’s play “From White Plains.”
Stephen was part of the team that created Xavier’s brand-new (as of 2013) BA Degree in Theatre and shares with us the experience and philosophy that went into developing the curriculum; the value of diversity of techniques and experience; the importance of developing professional and institutional alliances; preferences for BA degrees over BFA degrees; and the ideal combination of academic and practical experience. (Length 20:50)