Buy Tickets From the 2020-2021 Season: A Midsummer Night’s Dream SOLD OUT! Playing May 13, 2021 to May 16, 2021

Two pairs of lovers (one requited, other…it’s complicated...and a rag-tag group of thespians find themselves lost in the woods right as the fairy kingdom is turned on its head by its quarreling leaders. Nature will never be the same! Lord what fools these mortals be!


This single-gendered production will perform in the outdoor Pavilion of Atlanta Contemporary near Georgia Tech. The performances are NOT being performed at The Shakespeare Tavern.

Free parking available on site. Click "Buy Tickets" for information about how to attend safely and tickets.

This production is performing at ATLANTA CONTEMPORARY on these dates and times:
Thursday, May 13 at 7:30 P.M.
Friday, May 14 at 7:30 P.M.
Saturday, May 15 at 2:30 P.M.
Saturday, May 15 at 7:30 P.M.
Sunday, May 16 at 2:30 P.M.

House opens 30 minutes prior to performance.

STUDENT MATINEE PERFORMANCES at Atlanta Contemporary (Tickets Still Available)
Thursday, May 13 at 10:30 A.M.
Friday, May 14 at 10:30 A.M.

All ticket sales will go through Atlanta Contemporary and will be $30 for adults and $15 for students. Click Buy Tickets to purchase through Atlanta Contemporary. Tickets are not for sale on the Tavern site or by calling the Tavern Box Office.

For social distancing, the maximum number of tickets sold per performance is 75.

Audiences are invited to view Atlanta Contemporary’s current exhibition, the 2021 Atlanta Biennial.

Atlanta Contemporary will provide a credit-only bar which opens 30-min prior to the start of the performance and will remain open 30-min after performance finishes. No food will be provided.

Masks are required

This production is only performing at the outdoor Pavilion of Atlanta Contemporary near Georgia Tech. This event is NOT performing at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse. Tickets are sold through Atlanta Contemporary only. Tickets are not for sale on the Tavern website or through the Tavern Box Office.

For all the information you need, including safety measures, please refer to this page.

On account Tavern credits and outstanding passes/vouchers are unable to be used toward ticket purchases for this show.

This production will not be filmed or available to watch online.

*Rain Dates are May 17-19, 2021.

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 Laura Cole

Show Information


Anticipated run time of 90 minutes with one 15 minute intermission

Show Roles

Puck / Philostrate- Shante DeLoach
Titania / Theseus- Patty de la Garza
Oberon / Hippolyta- Rachel Frawley
Helena / Peaseblossom- Cameryn Richardson
Demetrius / Oberon Fairy- Mary Ruth Ralston
Hermia / Mustardseed- Kirsten Chervenak
Lysander / Cobweb- Gabi Anderson
Bottom / Hippolyta Courtier- Tiffany Porter
Peter Quince / Egeus- Jaclyn Hofmann Faircloth
Snout / Titania Fairy/ Theseus Courtier- Destiny Freeman
Snug / Moth / Theseus Courtier- T’Shauna Henry
Flute / Hippolyta Courtier- Kelly Criss
Understudies - Brooke Bradley, Janine Myers and Sarah Beth Hester

Show Times
In general, shows at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse 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.
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 (see below). There are very few things – historical, religious, or political – that you need to know ahead of time. Just enjoy!

A note about bawdiness in Shakespeare: It exists. Despite what your English teacher taught you, Shakespeare wrote some pretty saucy lines and they pop up from time to time. While there is never any nudity on stage, our actors are trained to make the text clear. If we feel a show contains a plethora of Graphic Elizabethan Poetry (or is very bloody/violent/triggering) we will put that disclaimer in the blurb about the show. It won’t happen often. If this Bardometer lists a play as a 1 or 2, you can rest assured that it is an appropriate show for kids under ten.

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