“I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream. Man is but an ass if he go about to expound this dream.”
After a wildly successful tour of the eastern seaboard this spring Shakespeare in the Square’s food inspired Midsummer is coming home to New York City! This production is a stripped-down version of Midsummer, performed on a bare stage (in the Peter Brook tradition) with minimal props and costumes. Our cast of six performs all the major roles, exploring the thematic and playful potential of doubling actors as fairies, lovers, royals, and mechanicals. This is a very physical, athletic production -- as the text often demands -- and our creative staging transforms a blank space from Athens to the woods to the fairy kingdom and back again. To highlight the madness/mess of the play, we've introduced a variety of food-stuff: the Athenian wood is filled with mashed potatoes, marshmallow goop, pasta and more... There are childish undertones to the food-play as well as a bit of kink, and we think this production of Midsummer lives at that intersection of sexiness and silliness.