Buy Tickets From the 2013-2014 Season: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Playing July 24, 2014 to August 10, 2014
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.
Directed by J. Tony Brown
ACt One 60 min / Act Two 70 min
July 24-August 10, 2014
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
Bardometer RatingHow difficult is this Shakespearean play to grasp? On a scale of 1 to 10.
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.
Performances this Season
- Pericles, Prince of TyrePerformances begin August 28, 2015
- CymbelinePerformances begin September 12, 2015
- Resurgens Theatre Company presents John Webster’s The Duchess of MalfiPerformances begin October 01, 2015
- Arthur Miller’s The CruciblePerformances begin October 10, 2015
- The TempestPerformances begin November 07, 2015
- Charles Dickens’ A Christmas CarolPerformances begin December 03, 2015
- As You Like ItPerformances begin January 02, 2016
- Romeo and JulietPerformances begin February 06, 2016
- Much Ado About NothingPerformances begin March 05, 2016
- Two Noble KinsmenPerformances begin April 02, 2016
- Bill Cain’s EquivocationPerformances begin April 23, 2016
- Two Gentlemen of VeronaPerformances begin May 14, 2016
- The Merchant of VenicePerformances begin June 03, 2016