Buy Tickets From the 2020-2021 Season: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Playing August 05, 2021 to September 05, 2021

$15 General Admission Preview Thursday August 5, 2021
$20 General Admission Preview Friday August 6, 2021
Food and drinks available for previews!

Performance on Sunday September 5 is at 2:30pm only
Lunch menu available at 1:15pm
Front doors open at 12:45pm


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Jasmine Renee Ellis as Bottom (Photo by Daniel Parvis)

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!
All female cast and crew!

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Content Advisory A Midsummer Night's Dream is appropriate for audience members of all ages. This production does include some instances of nuanced innuendo that will most likely go sailing right "over your child's head." All of the characters in this production are portrayed by female-identifying performers, but only the tamest physical touch and intimate moments are explored in their love stories.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OUR REOPENING*:


First thing to note is we open happily and with the awareness that things can change. We will continue to adapt and update our protocols and procedures in response to the coronavirus pandemic to keep everyone safe. We’re looking at you, Delta Variant.  Please check here often for the latest information.

Update: SHOCKER! City of Atlanta has issued a mask mandate for all indoor facilities (as of July 29, 2021). Until this is lifted, unless you are eating or drinking inside The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse, masks must be worn at all times.



While in Georgia, the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse cannot require that all audiences be vaccinated....but we think it’s a good idea if they are. In fact we would love it if you were. If you are not vaccinated, stay home and stay safe! These plays are 450 years old and you will most assuredly have another chance to see them at the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse!

Our staff, actors, crew and volunteers will be fully vaccinated.

We will not require patrons to wear masks unless a mask mandate is put back into place (SEE ABOVE). If you’re wearing a Tavern mask, maybe we will clap or do something special.

Seating in each section will be limited to 40 seats each performance.

Our bar and kitchen will be open with the same offerings as pre-pandemic. QR codes will be available for our menus.

We prefer credit cards for all payments. Please avoid using cash if possible. Don’t even think about bitcoin. Save it for your trip to space.

Hand sanitizer will be available at various stations in the building.

We have installed a REME HALO ultra-violet air filtering system. mmm...breathe in that clean clean particle-free air y’all! Btw...if you’re sick, stay home and get well!

Since our performers have to be vaccinated to be on our stage, they won’t be wearing masks! Full-faces out! And hey, if your face is out, we hope it’s vaccinated! So handsome!

The front row will now be 10ft from the front of the stage. If you intend to go Elizabethan and throw tomatoes at the stage, you’ll have to up your game, bro.

* Any person entering the premises waives all civil liability against this premises owner and operator for any injuries caused by the inherent risk associated with contracting COVID-19 (including any variants) at public gatherings, except for gross negligence, willful and wanton misconduct, reckless infliction of harm, or intentional infliction of harm, by the individual or entity of the premises.




PS. We love you and missed you.






please don’t throw tomatoes at the actors.


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

Show Roles

Performances August 6-September 5, 2021

Cast
Puck/ Philostrate- Shante de Loach
Oberon/ Hippolyta- Rachel Frawley
Titania/ Theseus- Gabi Anderson
Demetrius/ Moth- Mary Ruth Ralston
Helena/ Peaseblossom- Cameryn Richardson
Lysander/ Cobweb- Sarah Beth Hester
Hermia/ Mustardseed- Kirsten Chervenak
Bottom/ Hippolyta Courtier- Jasmine Renee Ellis
Flute/ Hippolyta Courtier- Kelly Criss
Peter Quince/ Egeus- Jaclyn Hofmann Faircloth
Snout/ Pomegranate/ Theseus Courtier- Destiny Freeman
Snug/ Brian/Theseus Courtier- T’Shauna Henry
Starveling/ Fairy- Loren Bray

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.
1
 
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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