First, the musical “Hamilton” flipped the image of Broadway. With a diverse cast and hip-hop song selections, it challenged the way audiences thought about Broadway plays.
Now, a group of local college students is trying to change the way audiences see a theatrical classic.
William Shakespeare’s classic comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” has gotten new life in the students’ adaptation. Actors from the Community College of Aurora are performing the play in an urban 1920s setting using a cast that also reflects diversity.
The students had six weeks to learn the updated version of the play, and it was no easy feat.
“The dialogue is backwards from what we do,” Rachel Gawlikowski, a student actor who plays Helena, said. “There are a lot of tongue twisters.”
Somehow, though, the students have made it work. They’re wrapping up a successful week of performances. The updated literary classic has three showings this weekend: Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m.
The performances will take place at the Larry D. Carter Theater at the Community College of Aurora, located at 16000 E. CentreTech Pkwy.
Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for students, children and seniors.