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Internet Shakespeare Editions

Shakespeare in Performance: Film

A Midsummer Night's Dream (1982, Emile Ardolino)

TitleA Midsummer Night's Dream
Release LocationsUSA
DirectorEmile Ardolino
MediumColor video
Length2 hrs, 45 mins
Audiencegeneral public
high school
Play ConnectionsA Midsummer Night's Dream (recording)


A recording of a 1982 stage play in New York City's Central Park, though it must be said that the resourceful camera work almost qualifies it for the more exalted status of a film made for television. It is also a good example of the innovative Shakespeare presented by the New York Shakespeare Festival outdoors in Central Park, under the leadership of Joseph Papp, producer

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

TheseusJames Hurdle
HippolytaDiane Venora
OberonWilliam Hurt
TitaniaMichele Shay
PuckMarcel Rosenblatt
EgeusRalph Drischell
LysanderKevin Conroy
DemetriusRick Lieberman
HermiaDeborah Rush
HelenaChristine Baranski
PhilostrateRicky Jay
BottomJeffrey De Munn
QuinceSteve Vinovich
SnugPeter Crook
FlutePaul Bates
SnoutAndreas Katsulas
StarvelingJ. Patrick O'Brien
ChildEmmanuel Lewis
FairyRosemary Richert
AttendantMarcie Shaw
CastTessa Capodice
CastTim Flavin
CastLeah Carla Gordone
CastRoshi Handwerger
CastPaul Kreshka
CastDavid Logan
CastCheryl McFadden
CastCaroline McGee
CastNicky Paraiso
CastTina Paul
CastAngela Pietropinto

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorEmile Ardolino
DirectorJames Lapine
Assistant DirectorJay Milland
ProducerJason Steven Cohen
ProducerJoseph Papp
Production DesignerHeidi Landesman
Costume DesignerRandy Barcelo
Lighting DesignerFrances Aronson
CastingEllen Novack
ComposerAllen Shawn
ChoreographyGraciela Daniele
Technical DirectorRizz Augugliaro
Production ManagerNina Steiner
Stage ManagerD. W. Koehler
Stage ManagerJohnna Murray
Stage ManagerAndrea Naier
MakeupNorma Gerson
LightingRalph Holmes
Sound MixerBill Marino
AudioSandi Moroff
Landscape ConsultantDiana Balmori
Magic EffectsRicky Jay
OtherRosemarie Tichler

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell