Desire and Enchantment, Merriment and Farce in Triton’s Production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

News Release


The Triton College Performing Arts Department will stage “A Midsummer Night's Dream,” one of William Shakespeare's most beloved, widely performed comedies, from May 3-12 on Triton’s campus in River Grove.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” weaves comedy together with a poetic vision of the relationship between art and life, dreams and the waking world, and the light and dark sides of love. Magic, love spells and a mysterious forest create the setting for a marvelous mix-up of desire and enchantment, merriment and farce. Four young lovers flee the law and their own mismatched rivalries by running to the forest outside Athens, where they become entangled in a feud between the king and queen of the Fairies. Also in the forest, a band of Athenian tradesman and would-be actors rehearse a play for the forthcoming wedding of the Duke of Athens and his bride, the Queen of the Amazons.

Directed by Amy Fenton (Oak Park), the production was cast with the best actors who auditioned to take on the unique challenge of performing Shakespeare, Fenton said.

“I’m thrilled with this talented cast that reflects the diverse Triton-area community,” she said. “We’ve worked hard to create an accessible, imaginative production that will be true to Shakespeare’s rollicking sense of humor, his intriguing and fanciful storytelling, and his magical poetry.”

The Triton production includes a mix of Triton students and seasoned actors from the Chicago area: Douglas Bean (Des Plaines), Renee Callahan (Chicago), Sean Thomas (Lombard), Kaori Aoshima (Highland Park), Anna Hodges (Broadview and Triton student), Maritza Picazo (Chicago and Triton student), David Kravitz (River Forest), Sally Wippman (Chicago), Chris Miller (Melrose Park and Triton student), Sasha Molina (Melrose Park and Triton student), Tracy Ewert (River Forest and Triton student), Merrick Robison (Chicago), Elbron Eramia (Niles), David Beauzile (Berkeley and Triton student), Karla Renhoffer (Mt. Prospect) and Andrea Minchella (Melrose Park).

The set is designed by Ian Zywica (Chicago), costumes by Kelsey Ettman (Chicago), lights by Maria Correa (Triton staff), sound by Marcella Nowak (Glen Ellyn) and Paul Kerwin (Triton staff), vocal music direction by Ingrid Israel (Triton faculty), and the production is stage managed by Vicki Whooper (Bellwood). Special thanks to Verse Coach Mary Ringstad (Chicago), a founding member of The Shakespeare Project of Chicago.

Performance times are 7:30 p.m., Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m., Sundays from May 3-12. All performances will be held in the Triton College Performing Arts Center in the Robert M. Collins Center (R Building), on the Triton College east campus, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for Triton students, faculty/staff and senior citizens. To reserve tickets, call the Performing Arts Department’s information line at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 6932. For more information, visit

To interview any of the cast members or production crew, or to attend a rehearsal or review the play, contact Amy Fenton at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3431, or send an e-mail at




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