"Shakespeare in the Cemetery" Presents A Midsummer Night's Dream
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The last date listed for "Shakespeare in the Cemetery" Presents A Midsummer Night's Dream was Sunday September 2, 2007 / 8:00pm.
New York may have “Shakespeare in the Park,” but Angelenos will now have a new way to experience the Bard’s work as the Hollywood Forever Cemetery present Shakespeare’s classics in their park every summer. Audiences are invited to arrive early, bring a blanket to sit on and a picnic dinner to enjoy.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream 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 is 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.
The setting is Athens, but this production imagines an Athens embraced by the magic and mirth of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras. Who can say what will become of the lovers as they travel through the forest, caught in the dark spell of midnight, madness and love?