Friday, April 9, 2010

a midsummer night's dream performance at UR


Phil Witte, a Dansville Central School graduate, and senior at the University of Rochester, directed a creative production of "Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare. The actors were all members of TOOPS (The Opposite of People Theater Company), a tightly knit group that is insightful in their abilities.


I was in the audience. Well, I am going to brag here. I was his sixth grade teacher, and Phil was a writer with a distinct voice at twelve years old. I've been following his work every since, and very proud to have had a part in his life.

The familiar play has taken on many forms, and often directors go a little bizarre with their interpretations. Sometimes it works, and often it leaves you scratching your head.

Witte's approach was unusual and artfully conceived. The audience must use their imaginations to build upon a splendor of words and lush sights thus forming their own art.  As much as the audience engages, they are in the moment with the players.