Mary Baldwin University (MBU) has announced the first production for its new outdoor performance space, the Rose Theatre, located beside Rose Terrace, a unique historic building which looks out across downtown Staunton from the MBU hill.
At 7 p.m. on October 4 and 5, students in the master of fine arts (MFA) program in Shakespeare and Performance will stage A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Rose Theatre.
The performance is open to the public and admission is free, but donations in support of the student-led company’s mission are gratefully accepted.
“I am so excited to be directing Fireside Shakespeare’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream as the inaugural show for the Rose Theatre — I truly can’t think of a more perfect play for this new outdoor space, said Rosemary Armato MFA ’21. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a play about a group of actors and lovers that venture into the forest where they find themselves battling each other, the elements, and the very gods of nature. It is a privilege and a true delight to be able to perform this beautiful play in a similar vein — with a group of wonderful actors who are also exploring a new outdoor space.”