Photo courtesy Henley Street Theatre and Richmond Shakespeare
Puck and his woodland sprites are cavorting about Agecroft Hall in the Henley Street Theatre production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream from June 12 to July 6, part of the 15th annual Richmond Shakespeare Festival. Director Jan Powell says the production is inspired by the Art Nouveau period, "which has this intertwining of the human and natural world." Powell's cast includes Melissa Johnston Price as the fairy queen Titania and John Moon as Oberon, her king; Audra Honaker plays Hermia, and Charley Raintree is Lysander; Maggie Roop takes the role of Helena, who turns Lysander's head; and Dixon Cashwell is Demetrius, who at first is smitten by Hermia, then loves Helena. And Thomas Cunningham will be the mischievous Puck. A consistent feature of the outdoor shows is set pieces created by Agecroft director Richard Moxley. "He's doing an ‘organic jungle gym' for Midsummer ," Powell says, adding that Kaye Weinstein Gary's choreography "will make Midsummer come alive, with action happening all around the audience and inner courtyard." 8 p.m. $25 during previews June 12 and 13, $30 afterward. 340-0115 or henleystreetheatre.org .