Do Good & Have Fun At ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Spring Soiree Thursday

In NYC, doing good is a hard thing to do; amid the packed subways to catch, under-paying jobs to compete over, and overpriced lattes to guzzle mid-stride, the full body-and-mind frenzy overtakes the intrinsic want to be a good person. But once a year, a party comes along that, for four hours, momentarily changes everything. The name: The Fortune Society’s Spring Soiree, and this year’s theme is A Midsummer Night’s Dream (see photo) happening at The Bowery Hotel Thursday the 16th, from 9pm to 1am. 

While supporting Fortune’s rehab services for men and women emerging from incarceration, you get to not only party with the evening’s honored man of the night -documentary filmmaker Eugene Jareckei (Why We Fight, The House I Live In) – but also sip fruity cocktails to the tunes of DJ Alexander Dexter-Jones alongside expected attendees like socialite/model/editor Amanda Hearst, fashion designer Charlotte Ronson, and Sports Illustrated model Julie Henderson.

And if that’s not enough, you can get VIP tables stocked with cocktail waitresses, champagne, and bottles of vodka – as well as entrance to the exclusive after-party – if you donate enough money for a Friend, Patron, or Benefactor Table. ‘Tis something to consider.

But for the folks who just want to support awareness about the country’s criminal justice system (and gawk at Julie Henderson’s perfect… skin), the price of admission is simply $175. And there are only two days left to get tickets so… come and get ’em.

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Julie Taymor Heads to Brooklyn With ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

O spite! O hell! It seems Julie Taymor is taking a step away from Broadway and into Brooklyn with the staging of a new production of Billy Shakes’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream. After the torturous effort that was her hand in Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark and all the chaos that ensued, it seems the innovative and grandiose director will be venturing into a land many have dared to travel before. Her new production of Midsummer will find a home at the Theatre for a New Audience in Fort Greene, Brooklyn and will be the first production of the company’s new home.

Scheduled to open on November 2nd with previews in mid-October, Taymor will once again be collaborating with Oscar-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal, who will compose the accompanying music for the group of young Athenian lovers, fairies, and mechanicals. In her long oeuvre, Taymor has tackled Shakespeare before with The Tempest, The Taming of the Shrew, and Titus Andronicus, as well as the film versions of The Tempest and Titus

As someone who frequently puts on one-woman productions of the Midsummer alone in her bedroom, I can say that I am both equally excited and nervous about what Taymor has in store for the comedy so near and dear to my heart. Let’s just hope it doesn’t look like this: