Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival returns August 2021 with "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Author: James Comerford

The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival returns August 2021!


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Directed by Tlaloc Rivas

August 12-29, 2021
All performances at 7:30 p.m.
Irish Green, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Socially Distanced Outdoor Performance

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The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival is excited to return to live, in-person performances, with a new Professional Company staging of A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by award-winning writer, director, and dramaturg Tlaloc Rivas, co-founder of the Latinx Theatre Commons. 

A Midsummer Night's Dream will be performed August 12-29, 2021, in a socially distanced outdoor performance on the Irish Green, outside of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Mandated health & safety protocols will be observed for the duration of the Festival. 

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Director Tlaloc Rivas (pictured) is an award-winning writer, director and co-founder of the Latinx Theatre Commons. A 2018-19 Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow from Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama, with over twenty-five years of experience in civic engagement, social activism, theatrical training and instruction, Rivas looks forward to bringing a fresh, inclusive, and energetic sensibility to one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies.

Lost in an enchanted wood, two young couples fall madly in and out of love, while fairies watch their every move and a knockabout acting troupe prepares for an all-important performance before royalty. One of Shakespeare’s most popular and accessible works, A Midsummer Night’s Dream promises to be a charming and vibrant evening of theatre, brought to life on the lush Irish Green. 


  • Thursday, August 12, 7:30pm (Preview)
  • Friday, August 13, 7:30pm
  • Saturday, August 14, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, August 15, 7:30pm
  • Tuesday, August 17, 7:30pm
  • Wednesday, August 18, 7:30pm
  • Thursday, August 19, 7:30pm
  • Friday, August 20, 7:30pm
  • Saturday, August 21, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, August 22, 7:30pm
  • Tuesday, August 24, 7:30pm
  • Wednesday, August 25, 7:30pm
  • Thursday, August 26, 7:30pm
  • Friday, August 27, 7:30pm
  • Saturday, August 28, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, August 29, 7:30pm

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