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Shakespeare Comes To Detroit -- And It's Funny This Time

Shakespeare is coming back to Detroit. WWJ's Tom Jordan says that thanks in large part to one woman on a mission.

"We tend to do tragedies, because we love those," said Samantha White, the executive director of Shakespeare in Detroit.

Not this time, White says.

After two productions over the past year, "Antony and Cleopatra" and "Othello" last August, this time she's going comedic with "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at New Center Park this coming Saturday at 8 p.m.

"It's funny, it's accessible and easy to understand," she said.

The plot deals with, you guessed it, love - with a cast of hilarious characters.

"Puck in particular, he's a naughty fairy who puts spells on all of the lovers," White said.

She says it's part of her larger effort to bring back Shakespearean classics - a critical aspect for a city in the midst of a turn-around.

"It can entice people and attract people all over the world and get them to come to Detroit."

Saturday's performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at New Center Park is free of charge.

It's billed as Michigan's only free, full-fledged Shakespeare in the park experience.

The free, family-friendly show includes all local actors and crew members.


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