Play opens in midsummer

July 13, 2016

Ana Miramontes / Tejano Tribune

Transmountain theatre stage being worked on in preperation for the Midsummer/Jersey play.




The EPCC Forum Theatre is preparing to perform an adaptation of the traditional Shakespeare play, Midsummer’s Night Dream. 


Midsummer/Jersey is a contemporary adaptation written by Ken Ludwig. The play is directed by EPCC instructor Matthew Smith, who has been working at the EPCC Forum Theatre since 2014. 


The Midsummer/ Jersey play will be at 8 p.m., on July 28 at the EPCC Transmountain Theatre. The play will run for two weekends and end August 7. 


Show times will be from Thursday to Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Ticket prices may vary from $7 to $15. 


 “This play is about love. There are all types of different loves represented in this play, and I think that’s what makes it special and funny. I think that is what has attracted me to this play so many times,” said Smith. “The original has more of the Shakespearean text –this does not.” 


Smith has directed God’s Favorite, Twelfth Night, Unnecessary Farce, You Can´t Take It with You, All My Sons and Boots, which highlights his preference towards comedy. 


All of the money from the tickets and concessions will go towards the Forum Theatre Scholarship Found for the performing arts studies. 


“This is a funny play. It’s a good night of theater and it is hysterical. I think every theatre major should see or be in a Shakespeare play,” said Smith. “Ludwig has done it.


He took the language of Shakespeare and, essentially, simplified it for newer audiences. It is almost like watching the no fear Shakespeare on live.”


EPCC Theatre Performance student Joaquin Castañeda has been doing plays with the Forum theatre for the last two years, and he is playing Denis in the Midsummer/Jersey production. 


“I have always loved theatre. So, I decided to come back and give it a shot. It has been an amazing experience. I love working with the very talented actors, and it is always great to work with our wonderful director Matthew Smith,” said Castañeda. 


Midsummer/Jersey Stage Manager Kristen Solano invites everybody to join the cast and see the play on opening night.


“This show is hilarious, and it is very fun! Come see the show –it is very good,” said Solano.


For more information about tickets and reservations, call the EPCC Forum Theatre Box Office (915) 831-5056. 


For more information about the productions and upcoming auditions, visit the Forum Theatre webpage or you can visit their Facebook page named “El Paso Community College Forum Theater.”


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