A Midsummer Night's Dream

June 1st - 3rd & 8th - 10th  2018

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” William Shakespeare's most popular comedy, was written around 1594 or 95. It portrays the adventures of four young lovers and a group of amateur actors, their interactions with woodland fairies and a duke and duchess. Taking place in a mythical Athens and an enchanted forest, there is a handsome fairy king, a misguided parent, star-crossed lovers, a weaver who's transformed into a half-donkey, wood sprites and elves. This work is widely performed around the world, and no wonder - it's about the world's most popular pastime, falling in love. But as Puck knows, falling in love can make fools of us all.


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June 1st - 3rd & 8th - 10th  2018


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Dr. Jonathan Drahos


Producing Artistic Director

Uprising Theatre Company

Carolanne Marano


Executive Director

Uprising Theatre Company

For the past thirty years Dr. Drahos has been dedicated to professional acting and directing, and performative study of classical and contemporary theatre. As an actor, he has work in all media including Broadway, Off-Broadway, television, and feature films. As producing artistic director of the Uprising Theatre Company -- and as an independent director - he has extensive experience directing and vocal coaching a wide range of styles and periods-- including Shakespeare and Musical Theatre. Jonathan holds a MFA  (acting and directing), BA (acting and directing), and a Ph.D. in Drama -- Shakespearean and Marlovian Narrative Verse Acting -- from the University of Birmingham, UK.


Currently he is an Associate Professor and Director of Theatre at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Previously, Jonathan spent years teaching Shakespeare, Early Modern British Theatre History, and 17th Century Literature at California State University, Northridge, and courses in Acting/Voice/Movement, Theatre Ideology, and The American Musical Theatre at the University of Worcester UK.

Carolanne has been a professional dancer/actor for the past 30 years. A member of Actors Equity, she has performed as Nellie Forbush in Downey Civic Light Opera’s South Pacific and at the Hollywood Bowl with Reba McIntire in South Pacific. She has been featured in Gypsy (Louise), Man of La Mancha (Gypsy Dancer), Evita (Tango Dancer/Taiwan Tour), Can-Can (Claudine) and West Side Story (Anita).


She recently worked for Cape Fear Regional Theatre choreographing Three Musketeers and Avenue Q. Other recent directing/choreographer credits include Last Train To Nibroc & Once on this Island for University of North Carolina, Pembroke’s Theatre Program; My Fair Lady, Little Mermaid, The Drowsy Chaperone, and West Side Story at the Rubicon Theatre Company. Other work as a Choreographer include A Night in Paris A Go-Go with Belinda Carlisle/Rufus Wainwright New Year’s Eve show for the LA Philharmonic,  URINETOWN, Godspell, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Romeo and Juliet at the Rubicon Theatre, Venus and Adonis at George Cadbury Hall, UK, Music Man at Downey Civic Light Opera, Cabaret at Ashland High School and the film “The Ghastly Love of Johnny X”.


As a teacher of Musical Theatre she has taught at The University of Southern Oregon, University of Worcester, UK, and Pineapple Dance Studio in London, England.


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Julio Martinez of The DAILY NEWS says: "the Uprising Theatre Company is off to a solid start as a theatrical force in the community. "

Shakespeare In The Pines is committed not only to producing high quality classical productions by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, but is also inspired to offer venerated classic American plays and musicals — all in a beautiful and intimate outdoor environment.

Shakespeare In The Pines strives to bring the highest level of artistic achievement, and educational experience, to the Village of Pinehurst, and to its surrounding counties. Its mission focuses on creating exciting opportunities for theatre actors, designers, directors, and technicians, both locally and nationally. The theatre company understands that the works of William Shakespeare continue to enrich our lives through a unique investigation of the human experience — and a power to broaden cultural perspectives.


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