“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” follows Hermia as she escapes into the mysterious forest with her lover, pursued by an unwanted suitor and his admirer, when her father demands she marry the man of his choosing.
When the four young lovers find themselves bewitched by warring fairies, the world turns upside down in a frantic game of “who loves whom” cat-and-mouse. Meanwhile, a group of tradespeople are stymied in their plans to produce a play of their own when fairy magic gives their leading player the head of a donkey. Featuring some of Shakespeare’s most delightful characters — trickster fairy Puck and beloved buffoon Bottom — “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” challenges notions of power, patriarchy and the unknown with equal doses of magic and mayhem.
BGSU Assistant Professor Heidi L. Nees directs the production, assisted by undergraduate student Libby Zamiska. BGSU Associate Professor of English Stephannie Gearhart serves as dramaturg.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” features scenic design and properties by Kelly Mangan, lighting design by Marcus Sherrell, costume design by Margaret McCubbin and make-up design by Sacarra Bridgeforth and Tiffany Voland. Original music and music direction are provided by Jarod Dorotiak.
The cast includes more than 20 BGSU students from theatre, film and other majors. The production is stage managed by undergraduate student Nora Long.
Performances are at 8 p.m. May 2 to 4 and 2 p.m. May 4 and 5 in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre at the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Visit bgsu.edu/arts for ticket information.