A Midsummer Night's Dream

Apr 13 – May 13
Gilliam Stage at Barter Theatre

By William Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s most beloved comedy by Barter Theatre’s Resident Acting Company!

On a midsummer’s night, four young lovers find themselves wrapped in the dream-like arms of an enchanted forest where sprites lurk and fairies rule. While a feuding Fairy King and Queen are at war, their paths are crossed by Bottom, Quince and their friends. Chief mischief-maker Puck is on-hand to ensure that the course of true love is anything but smooth, and games of fantasy, love and dreams ensue in Shakespeare’s amusing comedy.

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Director's Notes

When I start work on a play, I’m always looking for its source of life. What is it that every character has in common? What is it that flows through each moment and makes it tick. What is the blood in the veins of the play? And, in this case, it’s, of course, love. Love, the mysterious. Love, the ridiculous. Love the painful and the sublime.

There is evidence that Shakespeare wrote this play to be performed at a wedding, and this used to bother me. Why, I thought, would he make love look so foolish at a love celebration? The play points out how nonsensical we can be about love: The humans fall in and out of love so easily and ferociously that it’s beyond laughable. The play that the mechanicals put on to honor love is a tumble of silliness. The fairy queen ends up literally in love with an ass. You get my point. But I think this is how we look from a distance. Love is what shapes the biggest decisions of our lives: where we call home, what we do, and who we do it with... and we give this uncontrollable, loopy thing the reins, happily.

Love also shows up in this play as conflict, as motherly love, as protection, as bacchanalia, as a force that can change the weather— Shakespeare serves up such a veritable soufflé of different kinds of love that we are sure to see ourselves somewhere in the mix. For we’ve all walked into those woods and gotten lost, been ridiculous and come back out, blinking in the light, changed forever by what we learned about ourselves at the hands of love.

Katy Brown
Director, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Cast & Credits

Cast

Theseus: Josh Levinson
Philostrate: Hope Quinn
Hyppolyta: Carrie Smith Lewis
Egeus: Nicholas Piper
Hermia: Annie Simpson
Lysander: Andrew Hampton Livingston
Demetrius: Justin Tyler Lewis
Helena: Jenna Haimes
Peter Quince: Paris Bradstreet
Nick Bottom: Nick Koesters
Francis Flute: Terrance Jackson
Tom Snout: David Alford
Snug: Michael Poisson
Robin Starveling: Joseph Matthew Veale
Puck: Zacchaeus Kimbrell
Cobweb/Fairy: Sarah Laughland
Titania: Hannah Ingram
Oberon: Rick McVey
Peaseblossom: Katherine Lyle
Mustardseed: Hope Quinn
Moth: Josh Levinson
Crocus: Ryan Featherstone

Collaborators
Director: Katy Brown
Set Designer: Derek Smith
Costume Designer: Howard Tsvi Kaplan
Lighting Designer: Andrew Morehouse
Sound Designer: Tony Angelini
Stage Manager: Cindi A. Raebel
Original Music Composed by: Dax Dupuy
Choreographer: Sarah Laughland
Fight Choreographer: Justin Tyler Lewis
Text Coach: Carrie Smith Lewis

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