Shakespeare on the Sound begins June 14

NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in the format in which it was sent:


“The course of true love never does run smooth”

-William Shakespeare






New York, NY (May 22, 2018) Shakespeare on the Sound (Claire Shannon Kelly, Artisitic Director and Christine Larsen, Managing Director) will celebrate its 23rd season with Shakespeare’s beloved comedy A Midsummer Night Dream, directed by Artistic Director Claire Shannon Kelly. Set in the Jane Austen time period, audiences will be transported into a magical forest where they will embark on a sentimental quest together with Shakespeare’s iconic characters. Performances will begin on Thursday, June 14 in Pinkney Park (177 Rowayton Avenue, Norwalk, CT). Opening Night is scheduled for Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Performances will continue through July 1.

“I am delighted that we are bringing A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Pinkney Park this June,” says Ms. Kelly, whose focus for this production is the exploration of love. “At the start of the play, each character is experiencing some form of idealized love: romantic, love of a parent for a child, or a passion for creating art,” she explains. “Over the course of the play each character’s idealized love is challenged and tested to the breaking point, for, only by experiencing extreme hardship is true love clearly revealed.”

Together with the design team, Ms. Kelly re-structures the world of Athens to reflect the Regency time period. Capturing the look of a formal drawing room leading into a rigid English garden, the set features a larger than life forest with giant flowers, acorns, and tree roots that will make the audience feel that they too have shrunk to the size of a fairy. The characters are also channeling various species of birds that Ms. Kelly encountered during her world travels: Puck, a mischievous fairy who often shape shifts and mimics other voices based the Australian Lyre bird that can mirror sounds from car alarms to other animals. Oberon, King of the fairies, is based on a peacock, and Titania, Queen of the fairies, the African lilac breasted roller.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream will feature an ensemble cast including Will Adams, Roberta Aherns, Leo Bevilacqua,  Winsome  Brown,  Meredith  Casey,  John  Hardin,  Wynn  Harmon,  Brandon  Mendez Homer, Lorenzo Jackson, Henry Jenkinson, Lily Lipman, Kristen Misthopoulus, Andrew  Mount, Sebastian Roy, Rachael Schefrin, Graham Stevens, Anne Whitaker and Jae Woo.

The creative team for A Midsummer Night Dream is comprised of Brian Prather (scenic design), Elivia Bovenzi (costume design), Jamie Roderick (lighting design), Emily Auciello (sound design), Rod Kinter (fight direction), Dianna Cortez (vocal coach), Maia Robbins-Zust (technical director), Sultana Gardizi (casting director) and Ed Herman (production stage manager). This year’s production is being produced in association with Plan Bee Collective – Allison Bressi and Nicole Martorana.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream begins performances June 14  and  continues through July  1. The  production runs Tuesdays through Sundays at 7:30PM. The box office opens at 3:30pm and the park opens at 4pm.

Every night at 6:30pm, one hour in advance of the main stage production, there will be a special 30-minute A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Kids presentation for children performed by the Apprentice Company.


Admission for Tuesday and Wednesday performances is a suggested donation of  $20 (adults) and $10 (students and seniors).

Admission for performances on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday is $20 (adults) and $10 (seniors and students).

Reserved seating is available for $50 at every performance and children 12 and under are FREE. Tickets and reserved seats are available at www.shakespeareonthesound.org.

The Shakespeare on the Sound summer season is sponsored by Laurel Road Bank, The Restaurant at  Rowayton Seafood, Bankwell, Robinson & Cole LLP, Fairfield County Bank, BMW of Darien, Mini of Fairfield County, CT Commission of the Arts, and Moffly Media.


Claire Shannon Kelly (Artistic Director) most recently she directed  SOS’s  immersive  2017  production  of Macbeth was nominated for several BroadwayWorld CT awards including best director.  Additionally  for  Shakespeare on the Sound she has directed Hamlet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, which won the  BroadwayWorld CT award  for  Best  Ensemble  Cast  in  a  play,  and  As  You  Like  It. Educationally  Claire  directed SOS’s touring production of A Midsummer Night’s  Dream ,and  co-created  and  directed  their  K-5  touring production Let’s Play Shakespeare!. Additionally she directed SOS’s anti-bullying program  Speaking Daggers. In  2015  she  devised  and  directed  a  children’s  version  of  All’s  Well  That  Ends  and  directed  a  new play, The Séance. As a Teaching Artist Claire has taught theater  to  students  from  pre-school  through  college.  She  traveled  to  Zambia,  Africa  in  2017   to  teach  Shakespeare’s  A  Midsummer  Night’s  Dream  at the Tujatane School and  will  be  returning  to  teach  there  again  in  2018.  Currently  she  is  in  development  with  two new  plays:  The  Family  and  Wordsmith.  She  has  worked  at  the  Guthrie  Theater,   the  Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, the Ordway Music  Theater,  and  the  George  Street  Playhouse  among  others. Claire has holds a Masters of Arts degree from New York University in Educational Theater.

Christine Larsen  (Managing Director)  is  an  entrepreneurial  executive  who  has  reinvented  herself  many  times  while  living  and working  from  coast  to  coast.  She  has  been  a  highly   successful   professional fundraiser for the past 25 years serving as the Chief  Development  Officer  of  The  Boys  &  Girls  Club  of  Stamford, The  Palace  Theatre/Stamford  Center  for  the  Arts,  The  Maritime  Aquarium  of  Norwalk,  Visiting Nurse  Services  of  Connecticut  and  Catholic  Charities  of  Santa  Clara  County,  San  Jose,  CA.   She  was   trained to be a development  officer  at  Notre  Dame  University  and  spearheaded  capital  campaigns  to  build  two catholic schools.  Chris,  a  graduate  of  the  University  of  Iowa,  began  her  career  as  a  high  school  English, Speech and Drama teacher, teaching  for  six  years  in  private  schools  in  the  Midwest,  and  directing over a dozen plays and musicals. She developed a love of Shakespeare and taught  Julius  Caesar  in  her  sophomore English classes and directed over a dozen  plays  and musicals  including  Godspell, Anything Goes, Damn Yankees, The Man Who Came to Dinner and You  Can’t  Take  It  With  You.  She  founded  two community theatres, directed productions and had  leading  roles  in  Vanities,  Chapter  Two  and  The  Mouse  That Roared. Chris also was an television and radio advertising executive and voiceover talent for numerous commercials, winning several ad federation awards. In addition to her  work  as  a  professional  fundraiser, she has raised millions over the years as a volunteer for Fairfield  University,  Fairfield  Prep,  The American  Cancer  Society  of  the  San  Francisco  Bay  Area,  and  The  Junior  League  of  San  Jose.  She  received the  first  place  national  fundraising  award  from  the  National  Association  of  Junior  Leagues  and  was a presenter at their 1998 annual conference. She also was a member  of  The  Lincoln  Park  Chamber  of  Commerce, Chicago, where she chaired  “The  Oz  Park  Festival”,  a  medieval  faire.  Chris  and  her  husband,  Eric, reside in Southport and are members of The Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club, Westport.


Allison Bressi + Nicole  Martorana,  Plan  Bee  Collective  (Producer)  Plan  Bee  Collective  is  a  performing  arts producing agency based  in  New  York.  Established  by  producers  Allison  Bressi  and  Nicole  Martorana, recent collaborators include Tituss Burgess,  César  Alvarez,  Martha  Clarke,  Bill  Irwin,  Sam  Pinkleton,  and  Sammy Miller and the Congregation. www.planbeecollective.com


Shakespeare on the Sound is committed to producing affordable, professional open-air productions of the plays of William Shakespeare and related authors in Fairfield County. Working in collaboration with area civic, business and educational institutions, Shakespeare on the Sound presents an annual theatre festival, which brings great dramatic works to a broad audience, creating a forum for learning, appreciation and celebration. Our Educational programming goal is to build community through the arts, giving the works of Shakespeare a vibrant life beyond the summer festival with a variety of school, library, adult education, and art programs as a means to reach a diverse cross- section of people of all ages and economic backgrounds.


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