Continuing a tradition started by the Vail Symposium last year, Mike Morris, a Vail Mountain School teacher, hosts a reading night of “Midsummer Night’s Dream” by The Bard on Sunday at Verbatim Booksellers in Lionshead. The event starts at 6 p.m.
“This is the third reading night I am hosting,” said Morris. “Before we read “The Taming of the Shrew’ and “Side Man,’ both performed afterwards at the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek. The main purpose of these meetings is to simply enrich the experience of seeing the production on the stage.”
Regardless of the fact that he conducts readings on plays that are coming to the Vilar Center, Morris says he is especially drawn to Shakespeare since he is universal and his plays are more complicated than they appear.
“I think people can still relate his plays to their lives and the contemporary world for the issues of sex and power, love and mischief, reality and fantasy, reason and imagination, all of which affect us every day,” he said.
According to the host of the night, those who decide to participate in the event can expect to gain familiarity with the language and themes of the play.
“They might even come to appreciate Shakespeare’s genius,” exclaimed Morris.
Since the language of Shakespeare’s plays may seem quite ancient and difficult, the participants will listen to a CD and read along. The meeting will begin with a brief introduction to the play. Questions and comments are welcome.
Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed at the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek on Friday, March 7.
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