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What’s a mash up of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM and DOWNTON ABBEY without a Maggie Smith? Egeia will be played by the delightful Marcia Anderson.

What sort of person is going to love this show?
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is for those who love mysteries and the mysterious, romantic comedies and hilarity.

What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?
Shakespeare’s characters have many layers. The actor needs to analyze the character and work with the director and other characters to bring different facets of the character to the forefront.

Why did you want to be involved in SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS?
I enjoy it when I understand Shakespeare, and the more I hear and do it, the more enjoyable it is for me. I want the same for the audience.

How is this production bringing something new to this story?
The change in setting is going to be surprising and enjoyable to the audience as well as the actors.

How is this character like you? Different?
Egeia is similar to me because we both like to follow rules and love tradition (especially when it goes in our favor). Often, we know what is best for others. Egeia and I are different because she takes the controlling issue waay further than I would (I might have said, “I’m going to kill that kid!” about one of my children, but I would never actually order that it be done.)

What do you love about this character?
I love that Egeia feels and acts powerful when she is supported by her traditional values and then becomes vulnerable and immature when she realizes things are not going to go her way.

Besides yourself, what celebrity would you like to see tackle this character?
This is a classic Maggie Smith role.

Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?
…With cunning hast thou filch’d my daughter’s heart…

If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?
I would love to be Quince! That’s the leader of the mechanicals who appears to be the most level-headed of the group until the Prologue begins.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

If someone was going to make your life into a movie, who would play you?
Marie Osmond would be perfect – we would just have to fudge a little on the talent and dress size.

When did you first perform?
I got the acting bug my senior year of high school when I finally got up the nerve to audition for Bye Bye Birdie at the local all boys’ high school. (Ensemble #B-4).

Besides this one, what’s your favorite stage show?
Phantom of the Opera – mystery, romance, monster, spectacle!

What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon look like?
Cross the last item off my to-do list by 12:30 pm and look forward to an obligation-free day!

When you have a five-minute break during rehearsal, what do you spend that time doing? Review my lines and blocking (but secretly I’d like to be reading a book on my phone; iBooks – best invention yet!)

If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
Anything that had a part where I could wear a great hat!

What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage / the curtain goes up?
Breathe like my character.


TRIVIA CONTEST RULES: answer a trivia question on the Facebook page for On the Edge Theatre Productions correctly and your name gets put in a drawing for 2 free tickets to the opening performance of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM on Friday, July 24!

Each day that you answer a question correctly is another opportunity to win. Contestant must have clicked “like” on the facebook page for On the Edge Theatre Productions in order for entry to count. Drawing will be held Wednesday night, July 22. 

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On the Edge Theatre Productions in cooperation with the Laguna Hills Community Center presents SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS 2015. This year we will be running two shows over a period of 3 weeks. Both shows are directed by Aurora J. Culver

Shakespeare’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM will play July 24, 25, 26, 31 and August 7. On opposite nights, Reduced Shakespeare’s THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE ABRIDGED – a comedy where 3 actors perform all of Shakespeare’s plays in just 90 minutes! This show will run on August 1, 2, and 8.

The shows will start at 6:30 p.m. The shows will be held on the lawn near the gazebo at the community center. Bring a beach chair, blanket, and a picnic dinner. Tickets are just $10 for adults. Kids 12 and under are free.

For more information write aurorajculver@gmail.com