Xavier Players staging 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' with a Spanish flair

Production includes Spanish history, Flemenco music and period costumes from 1880s Spain | March 15, 2007

The Xavier Players are staging Shakespeare’s comedy "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" with a Spanish flair complete with Flamenco music March 29-April 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallagher Student Center theater.

The play will be set in 1880s Spain, a time when the once dominant European power has lost control of its colonies and is on the brink of war with the United States. The production includes Flamenco music and period costumes.

“Spain losing control over the United States parallels a theme in the play where parents are losing control over their children,” explains director and Xavier graduate Erin Mattingly-Bukowski.

Mattingly-Bukowski is a former member of the Xavier Players. A CPA, she is studying for her master’s degree in theater from the University of Kentucky. In addition to directing this production, she is teaching a movement class at Xavier.

Actor Jay Stratton, who is featured in the Playhouse in the Park’s production of "Reckless," is working with the student-actors on how to interpret Shakespeare’s text on stage.

Faculty and staff are invited to a special free preview of the play on Wednesday, March 28. The evening begins with dinner at 5:00 p.m. at Ryan’s Pub with the show beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for students, faculty and staff and $15 for others. Call the box office at 513 745-3939 to purchase tickets.