Buy Tickets From the 2017-2018 Season: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Playing July 07, 2018 to July 29, 2018

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David Sterritt as Moth

Two pairs of lovers (one requited, one not so much) 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.

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Read the Plot 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

Show Information


Act One: 60 minutes / 15 minute intermission / Act Two: 60 minutes (Show will end at approx. 10pm/9pm Sundays)

Show Roles

Performances July 7-29, 2018

Dramatis Personae

Theseus - Kenneth Wigley
Hippolyta - Dani Herd
Egeus - Vinnie Mascola
Hermia - Gabriella Anderson
Helena - Kati Grace Brown
Lysander - Adam King
Demetrius - Sean Kelley
Oberon - Kenneth Wigley
Titania - Dani Herd
Puck - Mary Ruth Ralston
Peaseblossom - Kirsten Chervenak
Cobweb - Gabriella Anderson
Moth - David Sterritt
Mustardseed - Patrick Galletta
Quince - Chris Schulz
Snug - Kirsten Chervenak
Bottom - Vinnie Mascola
Flute - David Sterritt
Snout - Patrick Galletta
Musical Fairie - Chris Schulz
Starveling - Jake West
Philostrate - Mary Ruth Ralston
Fairy - Jake West
Oberon’s Attendants - Adam King, Sean Kelley, Kati Grace Brown
Hippolyta, Titania Understudy – Najah Ali
Flute, Moth Understudy – Ryan Vo
Snug, Peaseblossom Understudy - Becky Cormier Finch

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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