Festival! continues through Sunday

At the mouth of the Housatonic River, with the stars shining and back-lit trees, the stage is set here for the outside performance of William Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

“It’s going to be a remarkable production in one of the most beautiful locations in Fairfield County,” said Stratford Councilman Matt Catalano, who plays Egeus.

This is an annual performance at the Shakespeare Theater, 1850 Elm Street, Stratford, as part of Festival! Stratford. Performances will be each evening through Aug. 4, at 8 p.m. Shows are free. Audience members are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and a picnic. Refreshments will be for sale.

There will also family activities, yoga and more before the show — throughout the day, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

“I think it’s a good opportunity to bring people together,” said Ian Eaton, of Harlem, who is Bottom in the play. “There’s something for everyone.”

Ellen Lieberman of Bridgeport directs the play. She said that Shakespeare’s tale of mistaken identity, true love, with a mix of potions gets people laughing.

“It’s so much fun,” she said. “The community laughing together” is part of what having a performance like this is all about.

“It’s so amazing that texts that are over 450 years old is still so relevant,” Lieberman continued. “It’s just as funny now as it was then.”

For more information, visit festivalstratford.org or find the Festival on Facebook.