In November 2010, KU's University Theatre presented a groundbreaking production of A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare, one of the first full-length Shakespeare productions in North America performed in original pronunciation (OP). Subsequently, the company recorded a special radio drama version in collaboration with Kansas Public Radio. Both the DVD of the November 2010 production and the subsequent radio production are for sale.
About the Production
Directed by Paul Meier, professor of theatre, collaborating with the noted Welsh linguist David Crystal, one of the greatest living authorities on original pronunciation, this extraordinary production of Midsummer features original music by composer Ryan McCall and choreography by Department of Theatre movement specialist Leslie Bennett. The design team included professor Delbert Unruh, scenic and lighting designer and Dennis Christilles, costume designer, assisted by M.F.A. design students Tammy Keiser and Phillip Schroeder on make-up. Erin Tomkins, a Lawrence, Kansas student, served as sound designer. Two KU theatre faculty members portrayed the King and Queen of the Fairies in the production: Leslie Bennett as Titania and John Staniunas as Oberon.
The DVD of A Midsummer Night's Dream
, complete with optional subtitles and additional materials, is available for rent or purchase from Films for the Humanities
. The 90-minute radio production, is available as an mp3 download for $9.99 from CD Baby
To learn more about the production and about the research involved: