Are you in need of a night out?
Treat yourself to a show – or two – at Redhouse Arts Center.
“One of the things that is particularly uplifting about coming to see any Redhouse show is that it is a positive experience that not only celebrates art, but celebrates community,” said Education Director Marguerite Mitchell. “One of the things that Redhouse really does no matter what piece they’re presenting, whether it be a modern piece, whether it be a classic piece, whether it be something that is seemingly going to be high art (like Shakespeare), is that we always put a spin on it.”
Redhouse’s roots can be traced back to September of 1978, when the Contemporary Theatre of Syracuse was formed. That organization eventually shut down, and after interest from the public, it was re-founded and named Redhouse Arts Center in 2006.
For the last decade, its artistic and education departments have partnered with Arc of Onondaga to produce an annual show. On June 10 and 17, they will present A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a Shakespearean comedy about a young couple trying to run away and the fairies who play a practical joke on them (this is the third work by the famous playwright and poet that Artistic Director Temar Underwood has adapted – the others were Othello and Macbeth).
“We’re just really looking forward to having a show, particularly like this, that is funny and light-hearted and about community,” said Mitchell. “It is a beautiful representation of artists of all abilities. I encourage our community to come support other community members as they tell this story.”
But A Midsummer Night’s Dream isn’t the only show on Redhouse’s schedule.
From May 12-21, it will wrap up its 2022/23 season with nine performances of The Bridges of Madison County, a Tony Award-winning musical based on the book of the same name. It follows the story of Francesca Johnson, a married Italian immigrant, and Robert Kincaid, a National Geographic photographer, who embark on a four-day affair.
“It’s a beautiful, romantic musical that really talks about, I think, choices between love and responsibility and love and possibility,” said Underwood. “It’s a great date night play.”
Tickets for both shows are available online, at theredhouse.org, or by calling the box office at (315) 362-2785 (it is also open before each performance if you would rather purchase them in person).
If You Go
Redhouse Arts Center
Where: 400 S. Salina St., Syracuse.
More information: (315) 362-2785. theredhouse.org