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The Evanston Dance Ensemble (EDE) crowns its 21st season March 15 to 18 with their new adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” featuring an original score, original choreography, and new production design. Highly regarded for past adaptations of classics including “Alice in Wonderland,” and “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” this much anticipated production is EDE’s exciting first-ever retelling of one of Shakespeare’s works.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be presented at the 288-seat Josephine Louis Theater at Northwestern University’s Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts at 1949 Campus Drive.

Adapted from Shakespeare and choreographed by Artistic Directors Christina Ernst and Béa Rashid, the production will feature an original score by Steve Rashid (Emmy- and Jeff-Award winning stage and film composer) and additional choreography by a team of choreographers. Original design for EDE’s world premiere of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be provided by award-winning designers Izumi Inaba (costumes), José Manuel Díaz-Soto (scenic) and Joe Burke (projection). Speaking about the world premiere, co-director Rashid said that, “using Shakespeare to inspire dance is really no different than adapting any author’s work: a good story is a good story.”

Immediately after the March 17 4 p.m. performance, EDE will stage its annual benefit extravaganza – “The Fantastical Dance: A Night of Dreams” – at the Studio5 Performing Arts Center, adjacent to Dance Center Evanston at 1934 W. Dempster St. Reservations are available at


March 15 and March 16, both at 7 p.m. March 17 and March 18 at 1 and  4 p.m.Tickets are available at or by calling the box office at 847-491-7282. Thursday evening’s tickets are just $15. Tickets on Friday through Sunday are $16 for kids/students and $24 for adults.