Ay me! for aught that I could ever read,
Could ever hear by tale or history,
The course of true love never did run smooth…

The Montclair Shakespeare Series Presents a Free, Outdoor Concert Reading of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Van Vleck! This free summer event promises to be a magical evening for the whole family.

Following their inaugural reading Twelfth Night last month, the newly founded Montclair Shakespeare Series will perform an outdoor concert staged reading of Shakespeare’s most popular work, on Tuesday June 30th at 7pm at the Van Vleck House & Gardens (21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair, NJ) open to the public and free of charge.

Accompanied by live acoustic music, this series is to be an ongoing celebration of Shakespeare’s work for the cultural community of Montclair.

In this “no-frills” concert reading style, plays are read by the actors with the script in hand with very limited staging. The emphasis is on the classical language and on the actors’ ability to bring the characters to life without costumes, sets, or movement.

This performance will feature a stellar cast of actors from both NYC and the Montclair area.


Justin Cimino

Tristan Colton

Cameron DelGrosso

Terence MacSweeny

Mary Mallen

Mary McTigue

David Meyers

Dan O’Driscoll

Michael Raver

TJ Sclafani

Shayna Small

Meg Kiley Smith

Monique St. Cyr

Doraine Leigh Swain

Melissa Toomey

William J Ward

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a one-night-only event. Tickets are limited, and available by RSVP to montclairshakespeare@gmail.com. Although a free event, donations are greatly appreciated, as we’d love to keep the series alive. Suggested Donation of $10. Audience members may bring lawn chairs and/or blankets for seating.