Shakespeare in Hollywood
February 14, 15, 16, 2019 7:30 p.m.
Waldner Performing Arts Center
York College’s Division of Theatre will present “Shakespeare in Hollywood,” a comedy written by York native and playwright Ken Ludwig at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 14-16, in the Waldner Performing Arts Center. Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended as seating is limited for these general admission performances.
Directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Suzanne Delle, “Shakespeare in Hollywood” explores the magical hijinks that would occur if the ‘real’ Oberon and Puck appeared on the set of their own movie, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Love, transformations, and chaos abound when these magical beings are thrust into the world of 1930s Hollywood.
Ludwig has stated that his favorite playwright is Shakespeare, and among his top five favorite Shakespeare plays is “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” so when the opportunity arose to write a play inspired by the 1934 movie version, he jumped on it. “That particular movie was probably the most famous Shakespeare movie of its day,” he said in an interview with Andrew Ford of the Gainesville Sun. “I had always wanted to write a play with some specific Shakespeare references.”
After the show premiered at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., it won the Helen Hayes award for Best New Play of the Year in 2004. Ludwig has also received two Tony Awards for his play “Lend Me A Tenor” and Tony and Olivier Awards for his musical “Crazy For You.”