University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations


January 20, 2004
Contact: Jen Zoghby, (251) 460-6360

The National Players perform Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Mobile's Saenger Theatre Jan. 24

The National Players, America's longest-running classical touring company, will perform William Shakespeare's comic classic, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" on Jan. 24 at Mobile's Saenger Theater. The 8 p.m. show is free to all area high school and college students and teachers.

The event is part of the Second Annual Mobile Shakespeare Festival, sponsored by University of South Alabama's Jaguar Productions and its English Department. No reservations are necessary. Tickets will be available beginning at 7 p.m. that evening on a first-come, first-served basis. General admission is $15.

"Shakespeare did not write to be read, he wrote to be performed," said Dr. Adam Cohen, USA assistant professor and Mobile Shakespeare Festival organizer. "The magic of theater exists at the intersection between a talented group of players and an enthusiastic and attentive audience."

A Midsummer Night's Dream

The Players also will offer a series of workshops from 10:10-11:00 a.m. for area students on Friday, Jan. 23, at the University of South Alabama's Laidlaw Performing Arts Center.

The second component of this year's Mobile Shakespeare Festival will be a series of performances of Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors" by the USA drama department this spring.

For more information about the Festival, please call Dr. Cohen at 344-6163 or email him at

The National Players are a Washington, D.C.-based professional theater company now in their 55th consecutive year of touring. The actors have performed in 35 states and 10 foreign countries. For more information about the National Players, please view their website at


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