This rain is killing us! Tonight's performance (8/23) of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM has been cancelled due to rain but we hope you'll join us for tomorrow's closing night performance instead!

Midsummer Nights @Queens

An Actor's Theatre of Charlotte Project

Midsummer Nights@Queens is an Actor's Theatre of Charlotte project aimed at bringing a professional, free to the public "Shakespeare in the Park" experience to the Charlotte, NC region. This endeavor is scheduled to become an annual event taking place in the Myers Park community on the beautiful campus of Queens University of Charlotte. Bring a picnic, a blanket, and the whole family to help us kick off this new project with...


by William Shakespeare
August 13 - 24, 2019

In this most magical of Shakespeare's comedies, a quartet of young lovers, some fleeing a forced marriage, some chasing unrequited love, escapes Athens. In the forest, they collide with the squabbling Queen and King of the fairies, Titania and Oberon,  as well as Oberon's mischievous servant Puck and a pack of hapless craftsmen, the Mechanicals. In the magical woods, lovers change affections at the drop of a hat.

Run Time: 90 minutes


Shakespeare Outdoors

by Lawrence Toppman
The Charlotte Observer


Tuesday, August 13 @ 8:15 PM - OPENING
Wednesday, August 14 @ 8:15 PM
Thursday, August 15 @ 8:15 PM
Friday, August 16 @ 8:15 PM
Saturday, August 17 @ 8:15 PM

Tuesday, August 20 @ 8:15 PM
Wednesday, August 21 @ 8:15 PM
Thursday, August 22 @ 8:15 PM
Friday, August 23 @ 8:15 PM
Saturday, August 24  @ 8:15 PM - CLOSING

Where is this event being performed?
All Midsummer Night's @Queens shows will be performed outside on the beautiful campus of Queens University. You will be responsible for your own seating so don't forget a blanket or lawn chair. Click on map to enlarge.

Where do I park for this performance?
Plenty of free parking is available along Selwyn Ave. or in the parking decks on campus. Accessible parking is available in front of Burwell Hall and is denoted on the map.

Will there be food and drinks at this event?
You are welcome to bring your own picnic basket or take-out from one of the many local restaurants. Those over 21 may bring their own beer and wine with their picnic meal. There will be bottled water for sale.

Is this a family friendly event?
Yes! There will be preshow activities for children who wish to be part of the magic! Caregivers are responsible for supervising their children at all times.

Are dogs allowed at this event?
While our ATC staff loves all animals, we would discourage you from bringing pets to this event, as not everyone is comfortable around them.

Will you still perform if it rains?
In the event of inclement weather, we will post updates on this page and all of our social media pages.

Hermia/Snug  IESHA NYREE
Helena/Starveling  ANNA ROYAL
Demetrius/Snout  ADAM GRIFFIN
Lysander/Flute  JONATHAN FORD
Theseus/Oberon  STEVEN LEVINE
Hippolita/Titania  NONYE OBICHERE
Egeus/Fairy/Quince  KERSTIN VANHUSS
Puck/Philiostrate  SARAH MOLLOY

CHESTER SHEPHERD (Producing Artistic Associate) has acted in everything from children's theatre to Samuel Beckett, but his truest love is Shakespeare. While earning a BA in English and Theatre Arts, he spent a summer as a member of the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival Young Company (appearing in CYMBELINE and THE TAMING OF THE SHREW). He holds an MFA in Acting from Western Illinois University, where he studied Shakespeare performance (Mercutio/Friar/Lady Capulet in ROMEO AND JULIET) and analysis and learned the Unrehearsed Shakespeare technique from Bill Kincaid. Since moving to Charlotte, Chester has taught and directed Shakespeare at Children's Theatre of Charlotte, acted in Paperhouse Theatre's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Benedick), and lead Paperhouse Theatre in Unrehearsed productions of TWELFTH NIGHT, AS YOU LIKE IT, and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. He is also an active performer at Actor's Theatre of Charlotte (THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, and HAND TO GOD among others).

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