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LLI: Lunatics, Lovers, and the Poetry of Shakespeare

Presented ByLLI: Aquila Theatre
When/WhereTuesday, Oct 30, 2018 1:30pmHylton Performing Arts Center Gregory Family Theater

Instructor: Rick Davis

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most beloved and frequently performed plays. Why is that? This lecture will propose that the play touches us so deeply because it portrays a world that seems to be both impossible to imagine and very much in contact with our own thoughts and feelings. Under the influence of a presiding moon, the Dream expands our sense of what it is to be young, old, in love (and out), on the spot, in command, and out of control.

Rick Davis is executive director of the Hylton Performing Arts Center and dean of the George Mason University College of Visual and Performing Arts. He has directed, acted in, designed, or served as dramaturg for many Shakespeare productions in the half-century since his debut as light board operator for – yes – A Midsummer Night’s Dream at age 10. He teaches in Mason’s School of Theater and directs plays and operas on and off campus. Rick was educated at Lawrence University (BA) and Yale School of Drama (MFA, DFA).

This event is open to the public. For more information about the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas, visit: lli-manassas.org 

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