Trumbull actors tackle Shakespeare during Festival! Stratford

Eric Nyquist of Trumbull will portray Puck, and Christopher McGoldrick of Trumbull will be the Changeling Child in A Midsummer Night’s Dream next week during “Festival! Stratford.” The performance will take the stage in Stratford, courtesy of Connecticut Free Shakespeare, and there will be performances of the play, family activities, yoga and more.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is “Shakespeare’s most magical and romantic comedy,” said Ellen Lieberman, artistic director of CFS.

During the performance, organizers say that audiences will be are transported to a forest, with runaway lovers and simple townsmen embroiled in the antics of feuding fairies. Identities are mistaken and potions go awry. The play is directed/produced by Lieberman and presented by Stratford Arts Commission and The Stratford Center for the Arts at The American Shakespeare Theater.

Festival! Stratford takes place on the grounds of the American Shakespeare Festival Theatre July 31-Aug 4. In addition to the nightly 8 p.m. mainstage production, Jazz for the Spirit will be performing each night at 6 p.m.

Guest may also take part at an Arts Marketplace Friday 4-6, Saturday and Sunday 12-7. The Quickies performance of short plays in the lobby on Saturday at 3 p.m. and family activities with the Little Red School House on Sunday, as well as tours of the historical theater.

For the early risers, there will be morning yoga, zumba and qui gong starting at 8:30 a.m. Thursday-Sunday. Picnic lunches may be brought to the event, and refreshments will be on sale on site from Christophe’s Crepe Truck, Jerry’s Shakespeare Pizza or Goody Bassett Ice Cream.

Organizers said that in the event of severe weather, program may be canceled.  Daily updated event info can be found at All activities take place at 1850 Elm Street, Stratford.

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The next performances will take place Aug. 7-11 in downtown Bridgeport.