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A Midsummer Night's Dream

a comedy by William Shakespeare

Chaos, love, obsession, and transformation collide in one of Shakepeare’s most beloved comedies.

Department of Theatre & Drama

December 6-9, 2012

Power Center


Overview

The Story: On the eve of a royal wedding, four as yet unmatched young lovers escape the city of Athens to pursue their passions. Beyond the walls of the city they enter the wood, a magical wilderness where the King and Queen of Fairies are having their own lovers’ spat. The foursome is unsuspectingly caught in the middle, as magical potions delivered by the quicksilver spirit Puck further complicate and confuse the paths of love. When a hapless troupe of amateur actors rehearsing for the upcoming nuptials stumbles onto the scene, the mischief and confusion only multiplies. And though the course

of true love never does run smooth, in the end all is mended as the moon smiles down on order restored and love everlasting.

Background: One of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream conjures a mystical existence where chaos, love, obsession, and transformation collide. In the four worlds of the Dream, the privilege of the court, the rebellion and hormonal surge of the lovers, the magical domestic unrest of the fairies, and the boundless na├»ve enthusiasm of the rude mechanicals are thoroughly interwoven through Shakespeare’s unparalleled lyrical poetry. Combining epiphanies, malicious tricks, spells, abandonments, betrayals, and reconciliations, A Midsummer Night’s Dream leads us on an exhilarating journey through love’s fire.

Cast

The Court

 

Theseus

Drew Ariana

Hippolyta

Ariel Sobel

Philostrate

Kendra Williams

Egeus

Emily Hanley

   

The Lovers

 

Hermia

Kevin Collins

Lysander

Jacqueline Toboni

Demetrius

Jon Manganello

Helena

Quinn Scillian

 

Fairy Trio

 

Oberon

Caitlin Chou

Titania

Tyler Dean

Puck

Derek Tran

 

Fairy/Court Ensemble

 

Kendall Chappell

 

Matt Daniels

 

Caleb Foote

 

Brian Garcia

 

Eric Myrick II

 

Robert O'Brien

 

Jackson Pierce

 

Samantha Rehr

 
 

Mechanicals

 

Quince

Madeline Sharton

Bottom/Pyramus

Allison Brown

Flute/Thisbe

William Filkowski

Snout/Wall

Elizabeth Raynes

Snug/Lion

Danielle Cohn

Starveling/Moon

Joseph Dunn

 


Artistic Staff

Director Malcolm Tulip
Scenic Designer Vincent Mountain
Costume Designer Christianne Myers
Lighting Designer Rob Murphy
Composers Simon Alexander-Adams, Conor Barry
Sound Designer Henry Reynolds
Stage Manager Meg Bellino

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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower

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