A cast of New York Film Academy acting students and alumni invites you to this weekend’s performances of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Directed by Louis Fantasia, Department Chair of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the free production plays this Saturday and Sunday, September 15 and 16 at 2 p.m. at the Buena Vista Branch Library in Burbank.
“I love Shakespeare. He’s so poetic and creates such beautiful images through his language,” says cast member Krystal Brock, a graduate of the One-Year Acting for Film program. “It’s magical and comedic. I want the audience to have an afternoon of fun and laughter.”
Director Louis Fantasia is certainly no stranger to Shakespeare. He served for over a decade as Education Director at the Shakespeare Globe Centre, and is currently the director of Shakespeare at the Huntington at the historic Huntington Library. He is also the author of Instant Shakespeare, and has produced and directed over 150 stage productions on five continents.
The following weekend, the cast will also hold a private performance for EngAGE, a nonprofit program that provides arts and education resources for some 5,000 seniors in the Los Angeles area. One of their greatest successes is the Burbank Senior Artists Colony, a state-of-the-art housing complex with studios, a video editing room, a theater, and classrooms. The innovative program has been featured in the New York Times and Huffington Post, and on This American Life.