This summer, the critically acclaimed Los Angeles-based ensemble The Actors’ Gang will bring William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Academy Award winner Tim Robbins, to Beijing for six performances. Fourteen actors from the group are working with Director Tim Robbins and Co-Artistic Director Cynthia Ettinger to illuminate the Bard’s forest with original music, kinesthetic movement, and a fervent approach to the surreality and magic of the play’s language. A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be presented with minimal costumes, props, and scenery, relying mainly on Shakespeare’s extraordinary text and the creative imagination of its players to realize this magical world.
For the June 2014 edition of UCCA’s Performing Arts Platform Series, the Center and Ping Pong Productions jointly invite cast members of The Actors’ Gang to come to UCCA and discuss the play on a midsummer afternoon. Co-Artistic Director Cynthia Ettinger will talk about the history of the group, its evolution, and its training methods. Musical Director David Robbins will describe the role of music in their collaborative works. The Actors’ Gang will also demonstrate “The Style”—the group’s unique form of acting that incorporates elements of commedia dell’arte, mask work, multiple viewpoints, and emotional states.
Participating cast members include Pedro Shanahan, Cihan Sahin, Bob Turton, Mary Eileen O’Donnell, Lee Hanson, Adam Ferguson, Jillian Yim, Will Thomas McFadden, Molly Mignon O’Neill, and Monica Quinn.
Ticket & Participation: Free, ticket required.
*You can collect your ticket from the ticket desk 30 minutes before the event begins.
*No late entry.
Cynthia Ettinger (Co-Artistic Director and founding member)
David Robbins (Musical Director)
Cast members of The Actors’ Gang
In March 2014, UCCA and Ping Pong Productions launched the Performing Arts Platform Series. Through a wide variety of performances, open rehearsals, performing arts workshops, master classes, arts management seminars, lectures, talks, and discussions with artists, critics, and scholars, this program series creates unprecedented opportunities for Chinese and international performing artists and audiences to meet and interact. It facilitates cross-genre and cross-cultural exploration, enriching cultural exchange and collaboration between Chinese and international artists, audiences, and students.
Ping Pong Productions is a catalyst that brings China and the world together through the performing arts. As artistic ambassadors, they engage cultures through discourse, searching for points of cooperation, mutual exchange, and understanding. They develop cultural exchange projects and facilitate creative collaborations between Chinese and international artists, scholars and audiences. With teams based in China and the United States, PPP has extensive experience providing production, consulting, management, and planning services.
The Actors’ Gang
- UCCA Auditorium
- English with Chinese translation