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Shakespeare in the Garden in PHX

‘FairyWorlds!’ brings new ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to desert setting

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Posted: Monday, May 19, 2014 2:05 pm

Southwest Shakespeare Company, the state’s Mesa-based classical theater company, is bringing a touch of fairyland to the Sonoran Desert.

FairyWorlds!, a fully-professional production featuring top classical actors from Arizona and around the country, opens Thursday, May 15, at Desert Botanical Garden.

The picturesque Phoenix venue will provide a natural, majestic nighttime backdrop for the show, which is a new adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Staged by Southwest Shakespeare’s producing artistic director Jared Sakren, it will include bold visual elements, stunning costumes, lighting and stage magic designed to highlight the surroundings of the Garden.

“FairyWorlds! is going to be one of the most, if not the most, exciting projects our company has ever undertaken,” says Sakren. “It is going to be dazzling, and great entertainment for the whole family. People will see Shakespeare very differently after they see this.”

Guests will be able to purchase food at each performance, and a full cash bar will be available. The play is suitable for ages 6 and older and lasts less than 90 minutes.

FairyWorlds! is sponsored in part by APS and McCarthy Construction.


What: FairyWorlds!, a new, outdoor adaptation of Shakespeare’s immortal “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

When: 8 p.m. May 22-25 and 29, and June 1; doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix

Cost: General seating is $40. Reserved table seating (up to four guests per table) is $55 per person. Discounted rates available for Southwest Shakespeare Company subscribers and Desert Botanical Garden members.

Information: (602) 535-1202 or

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