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A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Sensory-friendly Performance

Shakespeare & Company presents a sensory-friendly performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m., featuring the Northeast Regional Tour of Shakespeare’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Sensory-friendly performances have been adapted to be less overwhelming to the senses. They are designed to welcome individuals with various sensory needs, including people on the autism spectrum, those living with cognitive, social, or physical challenges, first-time theatergoers, and others.

Cast & Crew

William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare

Playwright

He was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. His works, including some collaborations, consist of about 37 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Tom Jaeger
Tom Jaeger

Director

At Shakespeare & Company - Exeter, Fluellen and Chorus (Henry V), Duke Solinus (The Comedy of Errors), Mr. Throstle (Berkeley Square), Malvolio & Sebastian (Twelfth Night), Snug (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Hamlet (Hamlet), Hector, Ulysses, Patroclus (Troilus and Cressida), Peter (Romeo and Juliet), Snout and Tank the Dog (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Director for twenty five productions for the Spring and Fall Festivals of Shakespeare. Director of Shakespeare & Young Company Summer Conservatory for 10 years. Otto (Design for Living), Aldo (Italian American Reconciliation), Chug (Chug) with Shattermask Theatre in St. Louis. Six years of live radio theater with the Holy Roman Repertory Company in St. Louis.

Luke Haskell
Luke Haskell

Theseus / Oberon

Pronouns he / him

Luke’s credits at Shakespeare & Company: George Wickham, (The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley) Costard, (Love’s Labor’s Lost), Lysander/Flute, (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Paris/Prince/Gregory, (Romeo & Juliet), Hamlet/Decius Brutus (I Have Had a Most Rare Vision), Roles elsewhere: The Conspirators (Chicago, Ill.): Opposition Leader, (The InEptidemic.) Rooted Voyageurs: Benvolio/Friar Lawrence, (Romeo & Juliet). Advice to the Players (NH): Duke Vincentio, (Measure for Measure), Lucentio (The Taming of the Shrew). Aglet Theater Company: Tom (These Shining Lives). UMass Theater Department: Dwight (Dead Man’s Cell Phone), Roland (Constellations), Van (Dog Sees God), Stephano/Ensemble/Musician (The Merchant of Venice). In 2019, he was nominated for Best Actor in a Play by the New Hampshire Theater Alliance, for his portrayal of the Duke in Measure for Measure. He has composed music for several productions, and is currently workshopping his play A Midsummer Night’s Nightmare, a spooky adaptation of the Shakespeare classic. He has worked for the Education department at Shakespeare & Company since 2016.

Darius A. Journigan
Darius A. Journigan

Lysander / Fairy 2 / Snug

Pronouns he / him

Darius A. Journigan's acting career, spanning over two decades, showcases a range of impactful roles. His performances include Christian in "Ruined" (Athens & Epidaurus Festival, Athens, Greece), Hal Carter in "Picnic" (American Academy of Dramatic Arts), Conduit #2 in "Adonis Memories" (In Our Words, immersive, site-specific play), Bird 1 in "Flock" (Jump Into the Light, immersive VR experience), co-star in "The Sex Myth: A Devised Play" (Break The Sex Myth, off-Broadway), and lead in "THE REALNESS/ AND THEN THERE WAS HIP HOP" (B-Side Studios). He portrayed W.E.B. Du Bois, James Baldwin, and Langston Hughes in "A Revolutionary People's History" (Poor Peoples Campaign/NAACP), Rob in "McKenzie McCoy" (2023 film, Amazon Prime and Tubi), and Simon/Assistant Director in "The Crucifixion" (The Family Repertory Company). Darius also starred as Miles Davis in "Miles Davis" (Women of Color Productions) and narrated "How Black Mothers Say I Love You" (Public Theatre's Joe's Pub, directed by Kenny Leon). As a private acting coach, he mentors emerging talents and curated the annual "Working Actor Masterclass”.

Charlie Lavaroni
Charlie Lavaroni

Puck / Egeus / Starvling / Philostrate

Pronouns they / she / he

Charlie Lavaroni is a bi-coastal actor and teaching artist. They have proudly worked with: SFBATCO, Shakespeare & Co., Livermore Shakespeare Festival (SPARC), Pac Rep, SF Shakespeare Festival, Hamlet Isn’t Dead in NYC; Big Idea Theatre, and the Davis Shakespeare Festival. Some of his favorite recent credits include: Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream); Pisanio (Cymbeline); Clown- over 14 different characters! (The 39 Steps); Nell Gwyn (Charlie and Nell); Hades (Shining); and Touchstone (As You Like It). They have played roles ranging from Nell Gwyn to Hades (and plenty of Shakespearian ladies in-between). She has trained at Shakes and Co’s month-long intensive and is a Company member at SF Shakes. Gemini Sun/Cap Moon.

Amberlin McCormick
Amberlin McCormick

Titania / Hippolyta / Peter Quince

Amberlin was born and raised in North Carolina. Amberlin loves Shakespeare and is excited to share her passion and knowledge all over the North East United States. Amberlin’s credits include: Viola in Twelfth Night (National Black Theatre Festival), Millie in Trouble in Mind (The Clarence Brown Theatre) Belle in a Christmas Carol (The Clarence Brown Theatre) Eurydice in Eurydice (Warehouse Performing Arts Center) and Avigail in The Unusual Tale of Mary and Joseph (River and Rail Theatre). Training: MFA at University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Tom Reynolds
Tom Reynolds

Demetrius / Flute

Pronouns he / him

Tom Reynolds has been working as an actor and education artist at Shakespeare & Company since 2017. He has performed in productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2017) and Love’s Labour’s Lost (2018) at Shakespeare & Company. He has also taught in their education programs, such as Riotous Youth and Fall Festival for the past several years. He graduated from UMass Amherst in 2020 with a BA in Theater, in 2019 he attended the British American Drama Academy (BADA) in London. In college he specialized in clown, stage combat and Linklater voice work. Tom is excited to join Shakespeare & Company’s Northeast Regional Tour for the first time as Demetrius and Flute.

Anna Rock
Anna Rock

Helena / Bottom

Pronouns she / her

Anna Rock is delighted to join Shakespeare & Co. after loving the Fall Festival at age 15! ~Recent credits~ Texas Shakespeare Festival: Taming of the Shrew (Katherina), Nell Gwynn (Nancy), The Music Man (Mrs. Shinn), Hamlet (Polonius/Gravedigger), Much Ado About Nothing (Dogberry/Ursula), Lost Nation Theater: As You Like It (Rosalind), Kate Hamill’s Pride & Prejudice (Mr. Bingley/Mary), Winnipesaukee Playhouse: On Golden Pond (Chelsea), Peterborough Players: Wind in the Willows (Rat), Monsterpiece Theater: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck), and 31 Trump supporters in the Off-Broadway solo show Trump Rally. Training: Sarah Lawrence College, Moscow Art Theater School, National Theatre Institute, Accademia dell’Arte, UCB. See Anna perform improv in NYC with Story Pirates, and listen to her on podcasts like Wondery’s The Cat in the Hat Cast, The Story Pirates Podcast, and Little Miss Kate - Ward of the State. Love to everybody I’ve ever met! Even Lucy, Mom, Dad, and Sean!

Kristin Yates
Kristin Yates

Hermia / Fairy 1 / Snout

Pronouns she / her

Kristin is so excited to make her Shakespeare & Company acting debut! While this is her first time performing at Shakespeare & Company she has worked with the Education department before, directing in The Fall Festival of Shakespeare and working on the spring residencies team. Kristin has her B.F.A from Ohio University in Theatre Performance. Some of her favorite roles include: Urinetown and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (The Studio Theatre TDS), Little Shop of Horrors and Caroline Or Change (Tantrum Theater). She would like to thank God for his continued blessings, her family for their support and her mom especially for being her number one fan!

Devon Drohan
Devon Drohan

Production Designer

Pronouns she / her

Hailing from Westborough, Massachusetts, Devon has been involved in technical theater since the age of eight. Most recently she served as Adjunct Professor at BCC as well as UAlbany. She received the BroadwayWorld Berkshires 2021 Award for best Scenic Design of a Play/Musical for her design of S&Co’s production of BECOMING OTHELLO: A Black Girls Journey. Other professional and academic credits include scenic design for A Walk in the Woods, Taming of the Shrew, Love’s Labor’s Lost, and God of Carnage (S&Co), The Magic Flute (UNCG Opera), Antigone, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (UNCG), Machinal and Casanova (UMass Amherst); props master at S&Co and the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts. Devon has also served as a production designer for S&Co’s Fall Festival of Shakespeare. She holds an MFA in Design from UNC-Greensboro’s School of Theatre and a BA from UMass-Amherst.

Govane Lohbauer
Govane Lohbauer

Costume Designer

Pronouns she / her

Selected credits at S&Co: Ken Ludwig’s Dear Jack, Dear Louise, The Approach, An Iliad, Measure for Measure, King Lear, Martha Mitchell Calling play and film, Twelfth Night, As You Like It; The Tempest, Ugly Lies the Bone, Or..., It’s a Wonderful Life, Henry V, Mother of the Maid, Shakespeare’s Will, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Private Lives, Loves Labor’s Lost, Kaufman’s Barbershop, The Learned Ladies, Women of Will, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Taster, Mengelberg and Mahler, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Shirley Valentine, Golda’s Balcony, The Ladies Man, Rough Crossing, Enchanted April, Ice Glen, Lettice and Lovage, House of Mirth, Glimpses of the Moon and many years of the Education Department’s Fall Festival and Tour productions including Shakespeare & the Language That Shaped a World film for Shakespeare’s 2021 Birthday. Selected Regional: Grant & Twain, Emilie..., The Long Run, In Darfur, Arabian Nights, Red Noses, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Metamorphosis, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Alice in Wonderland, Our Country’s Good.

Key details

Dates

March 16, 2024, 2 p.m.

Location

Tina Packer Playhouse

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