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19th century India setting for A Midsummer Night's Dream

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February 14, 2008
19th century India setting for A Midsummer Night's Dream

In a new twist on Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be transported to late 19th century India under British rule, complete with Indian dance and music. The UC Irvine production will focus on how human nature deals with the constant conflict between rational restraint and passionate indulgence, according to third-year drama graduate student and director Benjamin Pohlmeier. “By setting the production in India during the British Raj, we can heighten the contrast between a forcefully restrained court and a world of passionate mysteries,” Pohlmeier said. The play will run Feb. 28-March 8 at UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts Studio, with 8 p.m. shows Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. matinees March 1 and 8. Tickets are $8-$10 and can be purchased through the UCI Arts Box Office, 949-824-2787, or at www.ticketmaster.com.