CampusLiterature

Students Gather for Shakespeare on the Beach

By Alyssa Laiacona • September 23, 2013 at 11:00 am


New Repertory Theatre’s Classic Repertory Company performed Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Saturday on the BU Beach. | Photo by Katy Meyer.

New Repertory Theatre’s Classic Repertory Company performed Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Saturday on the BU Beach. | Photo by Katy Meyer

With a freshly watered lawn and the smell of free pizza in the air, BU students gathered on the BU Beach Saturday night to see New Repertory Theatre’s Classic Repertory Company perform their rendition of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Although the play typically calls for a larger cast, the Classic Repertory Company was able to perform with just eight cast members, six of whom are recent BU alumni. And in a true Shakespearean-style, there was a minimal set; the stage only contained a drum set (which was used for transitions), a table, and a handful of chairs.

“Sometimes it doesn’t work and sometimes it does, but I didn’t expect there to be a cast of eight people. I thought they did it very well, though. I didn’t expect the drumming at all and the sound effects really added to the play. It was very smart,” John Thorsen (CAS ’17) said.

Since “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a comedy, the audience was in laughter all night.

“It was the funniest show I’ve ever seen,” Thorsen said.

New Repertory Theatre’s Classic Repertory Company performed Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Saturday on the BU Beach. | Photo by Katy Meyer.

 ”A Midsummer Night’s Dream” | Photo by Katy Meyer

Other audience members thought that the Classic Repertory Company’s approach to the play was admirable.

“I thought it was a witty interpretation of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ I’ve seen the play before, but that version was more stringent,” Michelle Predi (CAS ’16) said. “I enjoyed that they added a modern twist. It made some of the antiquated humor more tangible for audience members who aren’t acquainted with the original text.”

The New Repertory Theatre is also performing Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations” for the 2013-14 production season. For more information on upcoming shows, visit http://www.newrep.org/productions/classic-repertory-company.


Alyssa Laiacona (COM '16) is an advertising major from Las Vegas, NV. Her favorite things include books, Pinterest, sprinkles and Patrice Bergeron. In the future, you will find the hit AMC tv show "Mad Woman" to be inspired by her career successes.