TEMECULA – Shakespeare in the Vines presents its 2017 season “Perchance to Dream” which will feature “The Winter’s Tale,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Macbeth” and “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Performances will run June 10 through Sept. 24.
“The Winter’s Tale,” June 8-24, is directed by Michael Eastman.
Once upon a time, a king began to suspect his queen had betrayed their marriage bed. This jealousy soon turned the king mad, driving away friends, servants and even his newly born daughter. His kingdom now cursed in eternal winter, the king’s only hope for redemption is finding the daughter he cast out so long ago. “A Winter’s Tale” is beautifully complex; consisting of high drama, lowbrow physical comedy, magic and plenty of song. Join us as King Leontes seeks to break the icy curse and return spring to the land.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” July 13-29, is directed by Daniel Baca.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” transports the audience to Ancient Greece where four days of adventure are compressed into a single night by magic. Eldritch beings share the Earth with humans, and the interactions between them fuel the drama and comedy of the evening. With costumes and sets designed to transport the viewer out of Elizabethan England into the ancient world, this beloved play bids audiences to set aside modern notions of reality and to delve into a time where gods and goddesses were alive, myths were current events, legends were history and magic was real.
“Macbeth,” Aug. 10-26, is directed by Wendi Johnson.
A Scottish general, named Macbeth, receives a prophecy from witches that one day he will become king of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. Macbeth is a bloody tale of insurrection, religious fanaticism, child murder and revenge, exploring how the hunger for revenge can turn horribly wrong.
“The Importance of Being Earnest,” Sept. 7-16, is directed by Chris Pittman.
Oscar Wilde’s brilliant comedy has tickled the British fancy of millions of fans all over the world. The masterful satire is considered the funniest play in the English language. Its sharp and witty dissection of hypocrisy and clever exposure of pretense have produced tears of laughter for over 100 years. The features desperate young lovers, a case or several, of mistaken identity, startling disclosures, the theatre’s most famous handbag and everyone lives happily ever after in a most respectable way.
Performances run Thursday through Sunday evenings outdoors under the moon and stars at the beautiful Baily Winery, 33440 La Serena Way, in Temecula. Picnic dinners are welcome, but no outside beverages are allowed.
Now celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare and in its twelfth season, Shakespeare in the Vines is the premiere theatrical company in Riverside County dedicated to producing the works of Shakespeare and other classics of the stage. Shakespeare in the Vines strives to create experiences that reach current and future audiences through illuminating interpretations in the scenic wine country of Temecula.
Purchase tickets at www.shakespeareinthevines.org. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (951) 240-2565.