New York City
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare is unique among Shakespeare’s comedies. Combining elements of farce and the romantic comedies of his later years, Shakespeare created a wildly magical and mercurial play, possibly his first true masterpiece. The piece was likely created for a court wedding, attended by Elizabeth I, Queen of England. As such, Midsummer becomes a play within a play, watched by the members of the court represented on stage watching Quince, Bottom and their band of lowly craftsmen weave a play of "tragical mirth," as Shakespeare comments on the politics of the realm and his own profession.
Set in Athens, this production of “Shakespeare in the Cemetery” embraces the magic and mirth of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras. Perhaps familiar, perhaps not, who can say what will become of the lovers as they travel through the forest, caught within the dark spell of midnight, madness and love.