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Former Roseville theater group presents “Midsummer Nightmare 3”

The Alternative Arts Collective now hosts shows in Sacramento
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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If you’re in the mood for politically incorrect jokes, a blood-splash zone and a spoofing of the world’s greatest playwright, then look no further than the “Midsummer Nightmare 3” production by The Alternative Arts Collective.

But you may have to drive a little farther than you did for previous T.A.A.C. productions, as the theater company has relocated from Roseville to Sacramento. The group’s last local show was a gender-bending, apocalyptic version of “Hamlet,” held at the Children’s Art Center in Royer Park.

Roseville-native David Garrison founded T.A.A.C. in 2009 to present “bold experimental theater that challenges its actors and audiences to step outside the margins of their everyday experience and explore the outer reaches of the mind through powerful dramatic works.”

“Midsummer Nightmare 3” concludes a three-year-long series, all written and directed by Garrison.

“When we opened ‘A Midsummer Nightmare 1’ in 2009 in Roseville we had a huge turnout and people dressed up and we had to turn people away,” Garrison said. “The second one did just as well and we are expecting this conclusion to pull in a lot, as well. Some of the actors have been playing these roles for two and a half years now.”

The play tells the story of the Fellowship as they attempt to destroy the Dark Lord’s ring, which is in the possession of an evil orange creature living in the caves of New Jersey.

~ Sena Christian

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The Alternative Arts Collective presents “Midsummer Nightmare 3”
When:
8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12; 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, Saturday, Feb. 18, Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25; 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19; midnight Saturday, Feb. 25.
Where: Sacramento Temporary Contemporary Art Gallery, 1616 Del Paso Blvd. in Sacramento
Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for students with I.D. All tickets are $9.99 if purchased online before the show at www.brownpapertickets.com.
Info: Show is not suitable for children under 18