A Midsummer Night's Dream
by William Shakespeare
directed by ​Hisa Takakuwa
NICHOLAS STAGE
May 14, 2016 - May 22, 2016

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Once upon a summer evening, four young lovers flee into The Woods, only to discover strange things are happening! There’s magic, mayhem and mistaken identity—caused by a very naughty imp named Puck—and for a while, the whole world is thrown out of joint. But what fun to join in the dream, knowing lives will be transformed in wonderful ways, and by daylight all will be well.

Some of Shakespeare’s most engaging characters include the humans (and their battling king and queen), a band of very silly actors and a forest full of fantastical fairies. They’re all portrayed by the Teen Players, students (grades 9-12), chosen by audition after at least two years in SCR’s Theatre Conservatory, a year-round actor training program.

William Shakespeare is considered to be the greatest English-language writer of all time.  Born into a middle-class family in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564, his 38 (or so) plays have been performed hundreds of thousands of times in countries all over the world and have inspired countless works in every art form.  His words have become such a part of our language that every day, people quote lines from his plays without even realizing they’re quoting Shakespeare.  Because so little is known about the Bard, he has been the subject of endless conjecture, as well as conspiracy theories that claim the man we call Shakespeare didn’t write the plays attributed to him.  Even Hollywood is looking into one of those theories the big-budget treatment this year in Roland Emmerich’s Anonymous.  What most everyone does agree on is that whoever wrote them was a genius.  Among his greatest works are Hamlet, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, King Learand The Merchant of Venice.

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