Jun 5-Aug 9, 2020

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

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"Sound, music!—Come, my queen, take hands with me,
And rock the ground whereon these sleepers be."

Kick off the season with a summer-long party! In this glam run of Shakespeare’s electric comedy, the paths of four young lovers, some feuding fairies, a mischievous sprite and a troupe of bumbling actors collide. Join them in the forest as enchanting and peculiar schemes unfold across one unforgettable midsummer night.

Since 1958, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival has delighted audiences with professional theatre on the CU Boulder campus. Complete your Colorado summer with Shakespeare under the stars in the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre—complimentary seatbacks included.

Enjoying outdoor theatre: 

We perform rain or shine! Attending an outdoor show in the Boulder foothills can be unpredictable. Come prepared to enjoy the adventure by reviewing our weather policy and attire suggestions. Learn more

Performance dates and times: 

Friday, June 5, 8 p.m. (preview)  $20-$61
Saturday, June 6, 8 p.m. (opening)  $40-$98
Friday, June 12, 8 p.m.  $26-$74
Saturday, June 13, 8 p.m.  $35-$89
Friday, June 19, 8 p.m.  $23-$74
Saturday, June 20, 8 p.m.  $30-$95
Friday, June 26, 8 p.m.  $23-$74
Saturday, June 27, 8 p.m.  $28-$87*
Wednesday, July 8, 7 p.m.  $23-$74
Thursday, July 9, 7 p.m.  $23-$74
Wednesday, July 15, 7 p.m.  $23-$74
Thursday, July 16, 7 p.m.  $23-$74
Sunday, July 19, 7 p.m.  $28-$90
Friday, July 24, 8 p.m.  $23-$74
Saturday, July 25, 8 p.m.  $28-$90
Thursday, July 30, 7 p.m.  $23-$74
Friday, July 31, 8 p.m.  $23-$74
Wednesday, Aug. 5, 7 p.m.  $23-$74
Thursday, Aug. 6, 7 p.m.  $23-$74
Sunday, Aug. 9, 7 p.m.  $32-$93

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Buying options: 

Discounts for groups, youth, seniors, students, active military, CU employees and season ticket orders. Learn more

*Live caption and audio description performance: 

CSF will offer live caption and audio description services at the Saturday, June 27, 8 p.m. performance of “A Midsummer Night's Dream.”

If you are planning to attend the event and require these accommodations, please call or email the box office at 303-492-8008 / cupresents@colorado.edu. Reservations for this service should be made at the time of ticket purchase to ensure the best seating for this service.

For more information, please visit our accessibility page.

Colorado Shakespeare Festival announces 2020 season, featuring modern remixes of classic tales

"'For ‘Midsummer’ it’s really important that we take a really new, fresh, wild, crazy, funky approach—and make it a party as well,' Producing Artistic Director Tim Orr said. 'Carolyn understands that and understands that the value and beauty of the story is the lovers.'"

CU Presents

Read the full review - Colorado Shakespeare Festival announces 2020 season, featuring modern remixes of classic tales

Colorado Shakespeare Festival announces 2020 cast

"The casting announcement is part of Producing Artistic Director Timothy Orr’s continued mission to diversify the CSF artistic company at every level."

CU Presents

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Colorado Shakespeare Fest casts fan favorites and newbies, including deaf actor

"A diverse cast of CSF veterans, Broadway alums, festival newcomers and returning stars will bring this slate to life, and Orr and the rest of the CSF crew is betting that their combined experience and backgrounds will add new dimensions to the material."

Boulder Daily Camera

Read the full review - Colorado Shakespeare Fest casts fan favorites and newbies, including deaf actor

Colorado Shakes to bring Denver Center fave Jeanne Paulsen to Boulder

"Other familiar names to audiences at the Denver Center and throughout the Colorado theatre community will include ​Sam Gregory​, ​Anne Penner​, ​Leslie O’Carroll, Rakeem Lawrence​, Sean Scrutchins, Matthew Schneck, Sean Michael Cummings, Mark Collins, Seth Palmer Harris, Mackenzie Beyer, Lois Shih and Jihad Milhem."

Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Read the full review - Colorado Shakes to bring Denver Center fave Jeanne Paulsen to Boulder

Colorado Shakespeare Festival announces 2020 lineup

"An adaptation of ‘The Odyssey’ joins staples such as ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’ at Boulder summer festival."

OnStage Colorado

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Performance Extras

Free Event
Classics 101 Jun 1-Jul 6, 2020

Classics 101

Learn all about the plays in Colorado Shakespeare…

Free and open to the public

Learn more about Classics 101
Free Event
Outdoor Preshow Talks Jun 5-Aug 9, 2020

Outdoor Preshow Talks

Before most performances, CSF offers a free preshow…

Free and open to the public

Learn more about Outdoor Preshow Talks
Free Event
Outdoor Cast Talkbacks Jun 5-Aug 9, 2020

Outdoor Cast Talkbacks

Following most performances, remain in the theatre and…

Free and open to the public

Learn more about Outdoor Cast Talkbacks
Picnicking Jun 5-Aug 9, 2020

Picnicking

75 minutes before showtime, our grounds come alive…

Free Event
Green Shows Jun 5-Aug 9, 2020

Green Shows

Enjoy some pre-show entertainment in the Shakespeare Garden…

Free Event
Shakespeare Garden Tours Jun 5-Aug 9, 2020

Shakespeare Garden Tours

The Colorado Shakespeare Gardens (CSG) invites all who…

Shakespeare Gift Cart Jun 5-Aug 9, 2020

Shakespeare Gift Cart

Bring home a lasting memory of your visit…

Director

Director

Carolyn Howarthº

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Cast

Kaitlyn Boyer

Hermia

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Scott Coopwood*

Egeus / Oberon Fairy

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Daniel Crumrine

Mustardseed

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Sean Michael Cummings

Francis Flute (Thisbe)

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Lauren Dennis

Robin Starveling (Moonshine)

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Jacob Dresch

Demetrius

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Greta Hooston

Peaseblossom

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Rakeem Lawrence

Tom Snout (Wall) / Assistant Choreographer

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Rodney Lizcano*

Oberon / Hippolytus

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Chloe McLeod

Helena

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Andrew Morrill

Puck

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Leslie O'Carroll*

Nick Bottom

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Seth Palmer Harris

Snug (Lion)

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Christian Ray

Lysander

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Jessica Robblee*

Theseus / Titania

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Stephanie Saltis

Cobweb

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Sean Scrutchins*

Peter Quince / First Fairy

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Christian Tripp

Moth

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Artistic Team

Dramaturg

Amanda Giguere

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Costume Designer

Meghan Anderson Doyle

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Costume Shop Manager

Adam M. Dill

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Sound Designer

Jason Ducat

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Casting Director

Sylvia Gregory

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Stage Manager

Matt Grevan

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Scenic Designer

Chen-Wei Liao

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Lighting Designer

Shannon McKinney^

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Director of Voice and Text

Jeffrey Parker

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Dance Choreographer

Erika Randall

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Plan your visit

Most CU Presents performances take place on the beautiful University of Colorado Boulder campus. Take some time to explore our venues, find out how to get here, where to park and get more tips on what to do while you’re in town.

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Accessibility services at CU Boulder

The University of Colorado is committed to providing equal access to individuals with disabilities. If you are planning to attend an event and require accommodations, please contact CU Presents no later than 7 days before the event at cupresents@colorado.edu or 303-492-8008.

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