When: April 13-15, 3 p.m. 2012
It's important to take the good with the bad, so let's take a moment to consider one unanticipated benefit of global warming: a longer outdoor drama season. The student group Company Carolina inaugurates a new series, Shakespeare on the Quad, with alfresco performances this weekend and next on the central green of UNC's North Campus, between the South Building and Wilson Library (adjacent to Cameron Avenue and South Road).
The classic Shakespeare comedy, in which four mortal Athenian lovers and a handful of hammy amateur actors get caught in a supernatural spat between the queen and the king of the fairies, will begin in front of Wilson Library and then move to the center of the Quad for the rest of the performance. Director Daniel Doyle writes that his goal is for the audience "to feel as if they are in the action ... there with the characters as witnesses, sometimes even participants."
Performances are at 3 p.m. Friday–Sunday; admission's free, but they'll pass the hat. Bring a blanket to sit on. Picnic, anyone? —Byron Woods