Striving Artists bring Shakespeare to Beverly

July 5, 2013 by  

This month will mark the fourth year that the Striving Artists Theatre Company (SATC) will present its ‘Shakespeare in the Park’ performances of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at the historical John Hale Farm and Museum located at 39 Hale Street in Beverly.

The comedy tells the tale of two couples that set forth into the forest. One couple has plans to elope, while the other couple intends to thwart their plans. However, no one knew that a troupe of ill-behaved faeries made their home in the forest. The result is that a fun-loving faerie works her mischief on the unwary sweethearts until they do not know their elbows from their kneecaps.

The SATC is a theatrical organization comprised of local actors, supporters, and students focused on inspiring the community with state-of-the-art theater. Through its creative study, the Striving Artists provoke dialogue while simultaneously enlightening their audience. It prides itself on being edgy, pushing the envelope, and providing an environment in which fresh voices and innovative ideas can thrive. The mission of the group is to reach the apex of artistic accomplishment and to be among the frontrunners in the microcosm of local theatre.

John Hale was instrumental in the Salem witch trials and eventually penned a manuscript that was submitted to a printing company after his death. Hale’s book, ‘A Modest Inquiry into the Nature of Witchcraft’, was written at the author’s farm in an attempt to clarify the events.

Shows of A Midsummer Night’s Dream are viewable on July 13 and 14. They begin promptly at 4:00 pm and are free of charge.