A Midsummer Night's Dream


6/21/2019 - 6/23/2019, 8 pm
6/27/2019 - 6/29/2019, 8 pm



Theatre in the Park - Lincoln New Salem, 15588 History Lane Petersburg, IL 62675

A Midsummer Night's Dream is a comedy written by William Shakespeare in 1595/96. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The play is one of Shakespeare's most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.
This adaptation of Midsummer Night’s Dream will be set in New Orleans during the Jazz Age. The Court of Theseus will provide a more urban feel to be contrasted with the Cyprus and live oak forests which surround the city. This setting was chosen due to its unique style of buildings and culture. The play is a wedding celebration which can come to life with the carnival/Mardi Gras atmosphere as well as the use of lively Jazz music within the play itself.