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Five nights of Midsummer Dreams

Allyn Harvey

John Livingstone Rolle as Bottom, foreground, and Lisa Tharps as Titania, background, with Shawn Winslow Lyles and Gamal Palmer as fairies in the Shakespeare Theatre Companys A Midsummer Nights Dream. Scott Suchman photo.

Along with all the seminars and forums filled with great thinkers, media hotshots and influential leaders from business and government as part of The Aspen Ideas Festival, The Shakespeare Theatre is putting on five performances of one of the playwright’s most playful pieces, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

And it’s a big deal – a very big deal. The London-based Economist magazine reckons that The Shakespeare Theatre is one of the three best Shakespeare companies in the world. Confirming that notion is the fact that later this summer the troupe will travel to England at the invitation of the Royal Shakespeare Company for a performance at Stratford-on-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace.

“One way to describe it is that I never used to like going to see Shakespeare,” said Frieda Wallison, a Snowmass resident who sits on the theater company’s board of directors. “I didn’t know what the actors were saying and I didn’t understand what was going on. It was dull.”That all changed the first time she saw a performance at The Shakespeare Theatre directed by Michael Kahn, who went on to become the company’s artistic director. Wallison has long dreamed of bringing The Shakespeare Theatre to Aspen. Logistically, however, that goal couldn’t be accomplished until this year, when the company was ready to go on the road and Aspen was ready to receive it.

Working with Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson, Wallison and her colleagues at The Shakespeare Company scheduled five performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for this week – July 6-10.

For ticket availability and other information, call 920-5770 or log on to http://www.wheeleroperahouse.com.