Tony-winning scenic designer David Rockwell hosted a summer soirée to celebrate the Public Theater's 2017 free Shakespeare in the Park production of A Midsummer Night's Dream prior to its opening-night performance on July 31. Rockwell designed the set for Midsummer, as well as its Delacorte Theater predecessor Julius Caesar, and the upcoming presentation of As You Like It.
The party took place at Ovando (1091 Madison Avenue), a creative studio that combines the sensibilities of visual art with the multimedia disciplines of floral, event decor, visual merchandising, and stagecraft. Rockwell's firm, Rockwell Group, designed the new space.
Check out photos from the celebration below.
The complete cast features Annaleigh Ashford (Helena), De'Adre Aziza (Hippolyta), Kyle Beltran (Lysander), Min Borack (Fifth Fairy), Vinie Burrows (First Fairy, Peaseblossom), Danny Burstein (Nick Bottom), Justin Cunningham (Philostrate), Marcelle Davies-Lashley (Fairy Singer), Austin Durant (Snug), Shalita Grant (Hermia), Keith Hart (Third Fairy), Alex Hernandez (Demetrius), Jeff Hiller (Francis Flute), Robert Joy (Peter Quince), Patricia Lewis (Fourth Fairy), David Manis (Egeus, Cobweb), Pamela McPherson-Cornelius (Second Fairy), Patrena Murray (Snout), Kristine Nielsen (Puck), Bhavesh Patel (Theseus), Richard Poe (Oberon), Phylicia Rashad (Titania), Joe Tapper (Robin Starveling), Judith Wagner (Mote), Warren Wyss (Mustardseed), Benjamin Ye (Changeling Boy), and Rosanny Zayas (Understudy).
A Midsummer Night's Dream is described as follows: "When the merry sprite Puck meddles with a magical love potion, young lovers lost in the woods mysteriously find themselves infatuated with the wrong person in this hilarious, fairytale fantasia that proves the course of true love never did run smooth.'' Lear deBessonet directs the comedy, which runs through August 13.
In addition to David Rockwell's scenic design, the production features costume design by Clint Ramos; lighting design by Tyler Micoleau; sound design by Jessica Paz; hair, wig, and makeup design by Cookie Jordan; original music, music supervision, and orchestrations by Justin Levine; additional orchestrations by Charlie Rosen; additional music supervision by Dean Sharenow; and music direction by Jon Spurney.
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