Shakespeare came to life at the newly renovated Concert Park for the very first time on Sunday, June 30, with a gleeful sunset performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Loyola Marymount University’s theatre arts program.
A giant golden frame served as a proscenium of sorts, but the actors — a cast that included professionals as well as LMU alumni, faculty members and current drama students — utilized the entire park to bring this romantic comedy to life.
Because there was no backstage, actors stayed in character throughout the 90-minute show, sometimes crawling on their hands and knees through the audience seated on blankets. Puck even hung out on a lamppost for a spell. Parents sipped rosé as their kids chased each other and did cartwheels.
LMU also brought a production of “Othello” to Playa Vista’s Central Park Bandshell on July 29.
— Shanee Edwards