By William Shakespeare
Directed by: Joel Greenberg
Performances: November 13-16, 2002
Venue: Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages Building
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s perfect play, brought together inexperienced but energetic young lovers, cautious but willing middle-aged lovers and a world of spirits who knew too well how easily love can be turned into something comic or tragic.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream was, above all, about the thin line between comic and serious attitudes we all tread when we are intoxicated by a love that makes rational behaviour unwelcome and, frankly, deadly dull.
An ensemble of 13 actors doubled and tripled roles in this UW Drama production, and we hoped that the flagrant act of assuming roles and playing out in fantasy what we scarcely allow ourselves to deal with in life shed new responses to one of Shakespeare’s most produced plays.