Story & Players

A Midsummer Night's Dream continues to be on of the most popular and beloved plays ever written. But what makes this 400 year-old story still relevant? 

Its themes of magic, love, and adventure still speak to us today. Let's start by familiarizing ourselves with the plot.

Summary

Don't worry - it's not cheating!

 

Shakespeare's audience was familiar with the plot when the play first opened, so you can be too.

 

Read this quick summary or watch the video. 

A Magical Concept

To make the show exciting and accessible for our audience, the Director and Designers start with a concept: A central idea that unifies the approach to the play. 

 

For this production, they are drawing inspiration from Magical Realism that is rooted in stories from Columbia. Specifically, the book One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Classroom
Activty

Explore the video and links above to gain a perspective on Magical Realsim.

Watch the trailer for the Disney movie Encanto, which is set in Columbia and also uses Magical Realism.

 

Use See Think, Wonder to explore how this genre is effective and what similarities exist between the movie and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Characters

Explore the characters in the play through sketches created by Costume Designer Trish Rigdon. 

 

What influences do you see from Columbia and Magical Realism?  

YOur part in the play

The show can't happen without you. Watch the video for some great advice on playing your part.

Even though this production will take place outside of the Alley Theatre building, you get to help us turn your venue into a magical performance space.