Surprises abound in Oklahoma Christian University’s production of the classic Shakespearean comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Feb. 21-22 and Feb. 28-March 1.
Set in the 1960s, the play includes supernatural elements with more than 20 characters, including humans and fairies. The shows begin at 8 p.m. each night in Judd Theatre on OC’s campus.
The play’s director, Associate Professor of Communication Barrett Huddleston, chose the play, in part, because of its appeal to the community.
“Midsummer is a great show for those who are new to the Shakespearean canon,” Huddleston said. “What’s interesting about this show is that the older that Shakespeare got, the less he relied on language itself to communicate. That is really seen in his use of humor in this play.”
In addition, Huddleston chose the play because of its appeal to his strengths as a director and scholar.
“Many of my research interests overlay with supernatural drama,” Huddleston said
The play was also a good fit for a collaborative cast.
“I decided to employ Shakespeare’s original casting for this production,” Huddleston said. “A number of characters play double roles, which helps the audience better understand more of the humor.”
According to Talon Ice, a sophomore from Kingfisher, Okla., the cast has benefitted from Huddleston’s direction.
“Dr. Huddleston gives excellent feedback on how to do your role better,” Ice said. “Plus, he’s a really approachable professor. It’s not very often that students get a theater professor with a doctorate. I feel like I get things from him that students at other universities do not.”
Ice also praised Huddleston’s use of surprises in the production. Those were inspired by the decision to set the play in the 1960s, a period that included similar elements of the play.
“The 1960s was reticent to highlight the social stratification and the reference to a recent war in the play,” Huddleston said. “Plus, it gave us the chance to have some fun with the supernatural components.”
To order tickets, call the OC Box Office at (405) 425-6310. Tickets cost $10. Tickets for senior citizens over 60 and groups of 20 or more are $8. OC students, faculty and staff and their immediate families are free with a valid ID.