When the days are longest, the world can magically transform. In a new production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the fairies Moth, Cobweb, Mustardseed, Peaseblossom, Puck, Oberon and Titania transform items most of us casually throw away. Old keys, straws, plastic membership and transit cards, wine corks and CDs, all combine in costumes and sets that evoke a magical world. Director and designer Bonnie Monte – a self-proclaimed collector and recycler – describes her vision of “Midsummer” to producer Susan Wallner. The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jerseyperforms “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at their outdoor stage at the College of St. Elizabeth in Morris Township through July 30th.
PHOTOS BY JERRY DALIA
About the author: Susan Wallner is an award-winning producer and writer. She recently completed You'll Have the Sky: The Life and Work of Anne Morrow Lindbergh about the writer and aviator, narrated by Judith Light and Lily Rabe. She co-produced Ode to Joy, a performance special now airing on PBS. Her national documentaries include Ben Shahn: Passion for Justice, Toshiko Takaezu: Portrait of an Artist, and Michael Graves: The Warehouse. Susan is a principal at PCK Media, where she produces the award-winning weekly public television series State of the Arts as well as a wide range of other projects. Recent highlights include a history series produced for New Jersey's 350th birthday, It Happened Here: New Jersey, and advocacy videos for the statewide campaign, Pre-K Our Way. Susan has an MA from the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communication, and a BA from New College of Florida. She also studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her awards include 13 regional Emmys, four CINE Golden Eagles, two NETA Awards, a Worldfest Houston Gold Special Jury Award, and a Pennsylvania State Council on the Arts Fellowship.
Content provided by Discover Jersey Arts, a project of the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation and New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
originally published: 2017-07-07 00:00:00
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