A Midsummer Night's Dream

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107 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

Lysander & Hermia are two young lovers on Manhattan's Upper East Side. But Hermia's political power-broker mother, Egea, wants her to marry Demetrius, who has long been infatuated with Hermia. To avoid her machinations, the young lovers take refuge in Central Park while they make plans to leave the city forever. But Demetrius won't take no for an answer and sets out to find Hermia for himself. Tagging along with him is his former lover Helena, who has self-esteem issues, but still loves him even though he dumped her for Hermia.As the lovers and would-be lovers move among the hills and trees of the park, other creatures begin to make themselves known: two warring groups of magical beings disguised as homeless people, one of which is led by Oberon, who has planned comic revenge on his straying wife Titanna. As Lysander & Hermia flee from Demetrius, they run headlong into the trap that Oberon and his dimwitted servant Puck have planned for Titanna. Add into the mix a troupe of actors with menial day jobs who are rehearsing in the park in the hopes of being hired to perform at the Greek ambassador's wedding, and what follows is a lesson on the power, blindness and the ultimate reaffirming quality of true love in all its forms, and how anything can happen, especially on a New York City Midsummer Night where there's magic in the air.

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