Buy Tickets From the 2013-2014 Season: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Playing July 24, 2014 to August 10, 2014

Matt Felten, Matt Nitchie, Nicholas Faircloth, Mary Russell

Audiences just can’t get enough of this fairy-filled romp through the woods! With the comedic stylings of some of ASC’s best clowning actors, this production is sure to please children of all ages!


Read the Plot Synopsis

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Synopsis
-from The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays by J.C. Trewin

While Theseus, Duke of Athens, and the Amazon Queen Hippolyta, who he has defeated in battle, are contemplating their marriage, Theseus has to judge a matrimonial dispute. Egeus wishes his daughter Hermia to wed Demetrius when her heart is set upon Lysander. Though warned of the consequences if she disobeys, Hermia resolves to elope and on the next night to meet Lysander in a wood close to Athens. They tell Helena who is herself in love with Demetrius and who promptly reveals the plan to him.

In the wood the goblin Puck and one of the Fairy Queen’s train talk of the quarrel between Oberon and Titania over the changeling boy she has adopted and he desires for a henchman. She refuses to yield, whereupon Oberon orders Puck to fetch a flower whose juice, squeezed on Titania’s sleeping eyelids, will cause her on awakening to love the first live creature that she sees. Helena has followed Demetrius to the wood; Oberon, invisible and sympathetic, orders Puck to squeeze the flower on the lids of the “Athenian youth”, while he himself anoints Titania. But Puck, mistaking, chooses Lysander, who when he wakes immediately pursues Helena.

Puck mischievously gives an ass’s head to Bottom, the weaver, one of the group of “mechanicals” rehearsing a play for the wedding of Theseus. Titania, waking falls in love with Bottom. Presently confusion is worse than ever because Demetrius (who has now been anointed) and Lysander fight over Helena, to Hermia’s distress. The only thing to do is to get the lovers to sleep and to restore Lysander’s sight before he wakes.

Oberon releases Titania; Puck removes the ass’s head, and one quarrel is settled as Fairy King and Queen leave before dawn. Theseus and Hippolyta, hunting early, rouse the lovers who, back as they were, are assured by Theseus that they shall be wedded that day. Bottom, baffled by his apparent dream, goes off to find his fellows.

They perform, in all sincerity, their interlude of Pyramus and Thisby before the amused court audience. Midnight sounds. When all have retired the fairies return to give their blessing to house and lovers, and Puck says the final word.


Director's Notes

Directed by J. Tony Brown

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Duration

ACt One 60 min / Act Two 70 min

Show Roles

Oberon – Matt Nitchie
Titania – Mary Russell
Puck – Hayley Platt
Lysander – Chris Rushing
Demetrius – Dan Brown
Hermia – Kathryn Lawson
Helena, Amazon – Dani Herd
Bottom, Greek – Matt Felten
Egeus, Snug – Clarke Weigle
Quince, Fairy – Chris Schulz
Flute, Moth – Nicholas Faircloth
Theseus, Mustardseed – Brian Mayberry
Hippolyta, Fairy – Jennifer Lamourt
Starveling, Amazon – Mary Ruth Ralston
Philostrate, Peasblossom – Becky Cormier
Snout, Cobweb, Greek – Garrett Gray

Show Times
Shows at the New American Shakespeare Tavern begin at 7:30pm, except on Sundays, when they begin at 6:30pm

Bardometer Rating

How difficult is this Shakespearean play to grasp? On a scale of 1 to 10.
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What does rating this mean?

You may already know the story and what happens at the end. But even if you don’t, the play is light and the plot is easy to follow. Limited violence, limited bawdiness (though please note that Shakespeare was a bawdy writer, you can’t escape it in any of his plays). There are very few things – historical, religious, or political – that you need to know ahead of time. Just enjoy!

We recommend this type of play to families, school-age kids, first-timers to Shakespeare, or anyone who just wants to do something fun on a night off. This type of play is perfect for large groups like birthday parties or special event gatherings.

How to prepare for seeing this kind of play: Just show up! You don’t need to know the play to follow along and enjoy.

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