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A Midsummer Night's Dream (2013, Theatre for a New Audience)

TitleA Midsummer Night's Dream
Theater CompanyTheatre for a New Audience
Release LocationsUSA
Start Date2013-10-19
End Date2014-01-12
Audiencegeneral public
Play ConnectionsA Midsummer Night's Dream (performance)


"Julie Taymor, Tony Award winner for direction of The Lion King, is an artist internationally acclaimed for her bold and original imagination. For our inaugural production, she stages Shakespeare始s joyous comedy about the universal theme of love and its complications: lust, disappointment, confusion, marriage.A Midsummer Night始s Dream brilliantly conjoins four intertwined stories: the marriage of the Athenian Duke Theseus to the Amazon queen Hippolyta; the warring Oberon and Titania, king and queen of the fairies; the madcap follies of four lovers in a forest; and the comically earnest efforts of a group of working men to stage a love-play for the royal wedding. Lysander loves Hermia, whose father wants her to marry Demetrius. Helena loves Demetrius, who chases the eloping Lysander and Hermia into the woods, pursued by Helena. They are all fair game for mischievous Puck, Oberon始s servant, who scrambles their desires and Titania始s. As the working men press faithfully on with their rehearsals, the otherworldly night of confusion, passion and diligence proves oddly momentous, touching every life to the quick. Taymor始s vision will be a fantasia of light and shadow. The stage will breathe with the miraculous charms and powerful illusions of love." (from Theatre for a New Audience website)

Janelle Jenstad — Added 2014-07-04

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectionJulie Taymor
Resident Literary Advisor/DramaturgJonathan Kalb
Costume DesignerConstance Hoffman
Scenic DesignerEs Devlin
Lighting DesignerDonald Holder
Sound DesignerMatt Tierney
ChoreographyBrian Brooks
MusicElliot Goldenthal
Electronic Music DesignerRick Martinez
Aerial Design and FlightAiRealistic
Voice DirectorAndrew Wade

Company Overview

Theater Company Theatre for a New Audience

Production information courtesy of: Janelle Jenstad