directed by Adrian Kase
ACT I SCENE I
THE COURSE OF TRUE LOVE NEVER DID RUN SMOOTH
While Athens is preparing for the Duke’s wedding to Hippolyta, Hermia and her lover, Lysander escape the Duke’s harsh judgment by fleeing into the woods. However, unbeknownst to them, their friend Helena and Hermia’s scorned lover Demetrius follow them and stumble upon the fairy king and Queen, Oberon and Titania. The lovers, along with a band of mechanicals, led by Nick Bottom, preparing a show for the Duke’s wedding, become a pawns in the fairies’ feud and mixed up matches and misadventures ensue.
“[…] [Midsummer Night’s Dream ] had always been a play whose truths about love, jealousy, and irrationality rang true to me. Hidden within the flowery language was emotional truth, that is still as relevant as it was the day it was first performed. I wanted to highlight that continued relevance by displacing the show in a very modern setting. […] These sensations still exist. You can still see them all around you, just played out in more familiar environments and modern clothing.[…]Shakespearean plays are living, breathing works, able to explore the ideas of the times and societies they find themselves in.”
Adrian Kase, Director