by William Shakespeare
director Tim Robbins
assistant director Cynthia Ettinger
musical director Dave Robbins
lighting Bosco Flanagan
stage manager Alayha Aquarian
production manager Simon Hanna
Pierre Adeli (Theseus, Oberon)
Hannah Chodos (Elena)
Adam Ferguson (Francis Flute)
Lee Hanson (Hermia)
Adam J. Jefferis (Demetrius, Tom Snout)
Will Thomas McFadden (Lysander, fairy, Snug)
Mary Eileen O’Donnell (Peter Quince)
Molly O’Neill (fairy)
Monica Quinn (fairy)
Cihan Sahin (Puck, Philostratus)
Pedro Shanahan (Aegean, Robin Starveling)
Bob Turton (Nick Bottom)
Sabra Williams (Hippolyta, Titania)
Jill Yim (fairy)
a production Actors´ Gang
in collaboration with Change Performing Arts
performed in English, with subtitles in Italian
A surreal world composed of fairies and spells, enchanted lovers, the Queen Fairy who flirts with a donkey; an up-side down world that turns right-side up thanks to the blunders of the night. The actors of the company who work with director Tim Robbins and artistic co-director of the company, Cynthia Ettinger, revive the forest of Shakespeare, accompanied by original music, with a physicality and very energetic approach to the magic language of Shakespeare.
"Among Shakespeare’s texts, this is one of my favorites: there are so many layers of truth, falsehood, dream, reality, magic and deceit. A marital dispute turns the entire reality upside down, and the chaos generated results in outrageous and wildly entertaining behavior".
Actor, director, scriptwriter and producer of films and plays, Robbins has won numerous awards, including an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for Mystic River , and the award for best actor at the Cannes Film Festival for The Player - The protagonists by Robert Altman. Dead Man Walking - of which he was director, scriptwriter and producer - won numerous awards including an Oscar as Best Actress for Susan Sarandon.
Robbins is also artistic director of the Actors’ Gang, a theatrical company which he founded in 1982 and which has staged more than 80 productions, earning hundreds of awards.
His show Embedded remained on the scene for more than four months at the Public Theater of New York, always sold out, and then embarked on a tour that touched London and most of the United States. With the Actors’ Gang he staged a much-discussed adaptation but great success of George Orwell’s 1984, which was presented in four different continents.
Robbins and his company promote educational programs in schools in the Los Angeles area, and in the past five years have started to offer theater workshops involving detainees from the prisons of the Californian city.
In the more than thirty years of working activity, the Actors’ Gang has produced more than a hundred shows, presented all over the United States and in five continents.
The company was created in 1981 by a group of young artists with the intention of setting up a theater capable of entertaining in a clever way. Under the leadership of its artistic director, Tim Robbins, the company provides a creative and inspiring environment to artists from the most diverse backgrounds, working in complete freedom.
Among the actors who have been part of the company: Jack Black, John Cusack, John C. Reilly, Helen Hunt, Kate Walsh, Fisher Stevens, Jeremy Piven, Ebbe Roe Smith, Jon Favreau, Brent Hinkley, Kate Mulligan,Lee Arenberg, Kyle Gass and Tim Robbins.
Among the most recent productions: 1984 by George Orwell, Tartuffe, Embedded, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, The Guys and The Exonerated, which were presented in theaters of the United States and all over the world, from London to Athens, from Madrid to Barcellona, out to Bogotà, Hong Kong, Melbourne and Buenos Aires.