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Sept. 25, 2002
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LOVE 'AN IRRATIONAL FORCE' IN 'MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM'
OSWEGO -- The "irrational force" of love has a starring role in the SUNY Oswego theatre department production of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," according to the director, Mark Cole.
"The play is filled with a riotous anxiety and comic sense of panic around the theme of love," said Cole, professor and chair of Oswego's theatre department. "When the character of Lysander says 'the course of true love never did run smooth,' he has no idea just how rocky the path will be."
In the play, love "is an irrational force, shown in the extreme," Cole explained. "It is as if, on the eve of their wedding, a couple experiences every possible misgiving and doubt about the commitment. In this sense, it is a fairy tale about very genuine human emotions."
In describing his artistic vision, Cole noted that "any production must come to terms with just how to present the fairy world. We imagine the fairies as playful, sometimes dark and disturbing forces of desire and nature. There is a childlike quality to their behavior, as if youngsters had raided a trunk in the attic and pulled out the clothes of their parents and grandparents for a madcap game of dress-up."
For the wedding in the forest, costume designer Kitty Macey describes her designs as based on "a wedding party gone askew."
A special guest also helped the show's look, Cole said. While visiting Oswego, New York City-based craftswoman/artist Zoe Morsette built the donkey head that will be used in the production.
Morsette worked in theatre, film and television in New York City for 25 years. After two years as a milliner at Radio City Music Hall, she went on to build props, costumes, models and puppets for over 20 Broadway shows.
"This is an invaluable experience for our students," noted scenic designer Joseph Rial. "To have an artist of Zoe's stature be a part of this production and available for our students to work with is a coup for audience members and Oswego students."
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" will preview at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in Tyler Hall's Waterman Theatre. General seating for this performance is available for $5.
The production will open at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, and continue with 8 p.m. shows Oct. 19, 25 and 26. There are 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinees Oct. 20 and 27.
Admission is $10 for adults; $9 for seniors, students and children; and $7 for SUNY Oswego students. Family packages for two adults and two students are available for $34.
For reservations or more information, call the Tyler Hall box office at 312-2141 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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