Tina Packer, Nicholas Martin, And Mark Ledbury To Discuss "A Midsummer Night's Dream" At The Clark July 24

For Immediate Release

July 13, 2004

As part of an ongoing effort to connect art with current topics in culture, the Clark will offer a special public program on Saturday, July 24, at 2 p.m. Tina Packer, Nicholas Martin, and Mark Ledbury will present "Visions of the Dream: A Midsummer Night's Dream on Canvas and Stage." The Clark Conversation relates to the Williamstown Theatre Festival's production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, onstage July 14 through July 25. Martin is director of the WTF production. Packer is artistic director and president of Shakespeare and Company. Ledbury is associate director of the Clark's Research and Academic Program. Admission to the "Visions of the Dream" is free.

The imaginative world of A Midsummer Night's Dream, with its fairies and "rude mechanicals,"  has not only inspired actors and directors through the centuries, but has also fascinated musicians and artists. The three speakers will explore how artists from Fuseli and Reynolds to Jim Dine have engaged with the world of Titania, Bottom, and Puck, and how actors, directors, and producers have tackled the pleasures and the pitfalls of this extraordinary work.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Currently on view is the exhibition "Bonjour, Monsieur Courbet!: The Bruyas Collection from the Musée Fabre, Montpellier. Gallery admission is $10 (members, students, and 18 and under free). For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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