This past Sunday, Hoboken's Mile Square Theatre ended a two-week run of its production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Sinatra Park amphitheatre. The production was designed to connect to our community and to the amazing venue in which it was presented. The play was set in the 50s, featured the music of Frank Sinatra and embraced the local dialect, which somehow made the heightened language of the Bard reach a unique clarity and musicality. We averaged 300 people a night, and the audience was filled with families, couples, passers-by and theatre lovers. The final weekend of performances was punctuated by a full moon that hovered approvingly over the entire spectacle.
We furthered our educational mission with this project by including a company of interns of talented students from Hoboken High School. These students performed in the show, were mentored by theatre professionals and received classes in Shakespeare performance by teaching artists.
This production was our most ambitious yet, and we are thrilled that it received such a wide and enthusiastic audience. We are working tirelessly to establish a top-notch theatre company in Hoboken, and this effort is aided by the support of local businesses and individuals.
We would like to thank these supporters and to acknowledge our major sponsors: Mayor David Roberts and The City of Hoboken, Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, PSEG, The Provident Bank Foundation and the Monroe Center for the Arts.
We thank all those who attended the show. The coming year will see an increase in our programming and an expansion in our educational outreach in the community.
Artistic Director, Mile Square Theatre