ABOUT SHAKESPEARE’S PLAY
In Athens a wedding (between Duke Theseus and Hippolyta) is about to occur and a group of craftsmen (Bottom, Flute, Snout, Snug and Quince) want to be the evening’s entertainment. They plot and plan and rehearse a play in the woods. Meanwhile teens Hermia and Lysander are super in love, only Hermia’s Dad, Egeus, is not into it. He wants Hermia to marry Demetrius, who has agreed (even though he used to have a thing with Hermia’s BFF, Helena). Hermia and Lysander decide to run away through the woods. Helena (who is still way into Demetrius), tells Demetrius. He follows Hermia and Lysander…Helena follows him. Little do they all know that in the woods the Fairy King (Oberon) and Queen (Titania) are having a spat. Oberon decides to trick Titania into falling in love with some rando, and while plotting with Puck (kinda the fairy land’s court jester) to do so, he spies the teens. He tells Puck to use this love herb to get Demetrius to fall back in love with Helena…only Puck puts the herb on Lysander’s eyes. Lysander see Helena and starts wooing her. Puck tries to fix it and this time gets Demetrius’ eyes; now both guys are into Helena and Hermia is really not ok with this…neither is Helena tbh. Oh, but Oberon’s plan with Titania; Puck turns Bottom (one of the town actors) into a donkey. Titania totally falls for him. When Oberon has finally had enough of all this mischief, he tells Puck to undo all the spells. When Bottom comes too he’s not sure if what happened happened…actually no one is. But hey, everyone’s happy in the end because Bottom and friends get to put on a play, and it is fire!
ABOUT OUR PLAY
Ours is a basically the same, but different. We use Shakespeare's words, but we believe that Shakespeare's words are gorgeous but not sacred, and a lot has changed in the world since Elizabethan England. As such we approached rehearsing this play as if Shakespeare was in the room with us, as a NEW writer. In our Midsummer we focus on Bottom's story, more over his DREAM. What if all the overlapping stories of lovers and fairies and donkey transformations (yep, you read that right) is really just a dream of his? We purposefully have only FIVE actors playing all of the parts - a little “Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz” as everyone becomes someone else in the many layers of Bottom’s Dream.
Director - Christina Casano
Creatives - Carina Lastimosa
Ensemble - Sara BenBella, Sofia Carvajal, Tess Galbiati, Olivia Jackson, and Julia Stemper
Understudies - Sarah Hensley, Azucena Reyes