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In theater, sometimes the major drama happens offstage. Such is the case at Triad Stage, in the final week of performances of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at its downtown theater. Preston Lane, Triad Stage's founding artistic director who adapted and directed the play, will add acting to his duties: He will replace an injured actor for one of his two roles through the remainder of the show's run.
As the house lights dim, the warm, yellow light of the candelabra pierces through the darkness. The faces of King Oberon and Queen Hippolyta emerge from the background and are seated beneath the firelight where they are unexpectedly greeted by an angry father, Demetrius, whose daughter has fallen in love with the “wrong” man.
Shimmering cloth covers a long table as King Oberon and Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, emerge from behind a towering, chain-link fence. Red garments hang from wires overhead, and regal music sounds as they take their places. The meal dissolves into an argument — an Athenian father urging his daughter to wed the man he approves, not the man she loves. So begins Shakespeare’s mystical comedy.
Lynne and Glenn Ogden long have supported Triad Stage, first by attending plays and then with annual donations. But they wanted to do more for the nonprofit downtown professional theater. The Summerfield couple decided to make a challenge gift of $50,000. That has launched Triad Stage on a campaign to raise $250,000 in new or increased gifts before June 30, 2019.