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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Comes to Folger Theatre This Summer

A Midsummer Night's Dream is on stage July 12 – August 28, 2022. 

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Comes to Folger Theatre This Summer

Folger Theatre returns to live performances this summer with one of William Shakespeare's most magical and beloved comedies, A Midsummer Night's Dream. This romantic and mischievous romp will be produced as part of the National Building Museum's Summer Block Party on stage at The Playhouse that is being built from the ground up inside the Museum's majestic Great Hall.


In the evenings, The Playhouse transforms into the enchanting setting for Folger Theatre's A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Victor Malana Maog. This once-in-a-lifetime production full of yearning lovers, mischievous fairies, and bumbling amateur actors colliding beneath the glowing moon is 90 minutes of sheer delight and romance.

A Midsummer Night's Dream is on stage July 12 - August 28, 2022.

"There's been so much change in our lives, in our world and truly, in our organization," says Folger Director of Programming and Folger Theatre Artistic Director Karen Ann Daniels. "Midsummer represents an opportunity for us all to have some respite through adventure, some magic and romance and joy. Our dynamic cast, led by our fearless leader, director Victor Malana Maog, and his creative team are literally going to carry us to new heights. Most importantly, we'll have this unique opportunity to delight audiences, young, old and everything in between in this venue we are creating from the ground up. It's going to be an incredible summer for the return of Folger Theatre!"


The extraordinary cast features Jacob Ming-Trent (Public Theater's The Merry Wives of Windsor; HBO's documentary Reopening Night) as Bottom, Rotimi Agbabiaka (Macbeth at California Shakespeare Theatre) as Oberon, Danaya Esperanza (Shakespeare Theatre Company's The Merchant of Venice) as Puck; and Nubia M. Monks (Oregon Shakespeare Festival's A Midsummer Night's Dream) as Titania. The production also features Bryan Barbarin (Demetrius), Renea Brown (Helena), John Floyd (Flute), Brit Herring (Snout), Lilli Hokama (Hermia), Jake Loewenthal (Lysander), Shinji Elspeth Oh (Philostrate), John-Alexander Sakelos (Peter Quince), Sabrina Sawyer (Snug), and Kathryn Zoerb (Starveling).

"What a great joy to helm a beloved work that reminds us about the transformative power of love and imagination," says director Victor Malana Maog. "Midsummer at the National Building

Museum invites everyone into a timeless world full of laughter, invention, and wonder. This
production boasts an incredible mix of stunning local and national artists who have assembled to launch this exciting next chapter in the Folger's contributions to the wild, whimsical, and wholly human possibilities of Shakespeare in 2022."

Four-time Helen Hayes Award winner, Tony Cisek also directed the creation of The Playhouse, which was developed in collaboration with Jim Hunter, Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of South Carolina and South Side Design and Building is responsible for the design and fabrication of the A Midsummer Night's Dream-inspired installation in the Museum's West Court.

The Playhouse will serve as the home for the National Building Museum's Summer Block Party, providing visitors with unique and lively theater-related experiences throughout the day. Behind-the-scenes tours, workshops, sword-fighting demonstrations, face-painting, and other fun activities will be offered daily beginning Saturday, July 2 and running through August 28, 2022.


A Midsummer Night's Dream features original music composed by sound designer brandon wolcott, with scenic design by Tony Cisek (The Merry Wives of Windsor and Amadeus at Folger Theatre), costume design by Olivera Gajic (The Conference of the Birds at Folger Theatre), choreography by Alexandra Beller (Sense and Sensibility at Folger Theatre), and lighting design by Yael Lubetzky (Playwrights Horizons' The Moment When). The stage was designed by Jim Hunter (lighting design for Richard III and Julius Caesar at the Folger).

Visitors enter the National Building Museum summer experience through an immersive installation based on Joanna Robson's A Knavish Lad, a double-concertina artists' book from the Folger Shakespeare Library collection that visually narrates every scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream. The book was completed in 2016 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death and the installation allows visitors to step inside its pages.

Visiting The Playhouse during the day and participating in all of the hands-on activities is included with admission to the National Building Museum. Tickets to performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream, are a separate purchase, but include access to Robson's installation.

"Bringing The Playhouse to the National Building Museum, continues our tradition of Summer Block Party installations as a way to activate our iconic Great Hall with joyful cultural programming," says Aileen Fuchs, President and Executive Director of the National Building Museum. "The partnership between the Museum and Folger is an opportunity for each of us to introduce ourselves to new audiences while welcoming back our long-time supporters, presenting them with new experiences. The reimagining of a theater within our space builds upon our 2007 exhibition Reinventing the Globe: A Shakespearean Theater for the 21st Century, allowing us to continue the exploration of how we can innovatively rethink spaces to serve new functions."


A Midsummer Night's Dream is produced in association with the National Building Museum and the University of South Carolina.

Ticketing Information & Performance Dates:

A Midsummer Night's Dream plays at the National Building Museum from July 12 through August 28, 2022. Performance times are: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 8pm; Wednesdays at 4pm and 8pm and Saturdays at 4:30pm and 8pm, Sundays at 7:00pm. All performances are accessible for audience members who may require sensory-friendly access to the show. Please check the full performance schedule online.

Tickets are $20 - $85. Lower priced preview performances and discounts for first-time Folger audience members, seniors, military, and groups of ten or more are available and may be purchased from the Folger Theatre Box Office at www.folger.edu/theatre or (202) 544-7077. Tickets will be on sale at the National Building Museum Visitor's Center Thursday through Monday from 11am - 4pm beginning in June.

The Playhouse at the National Building Museum can be explored July 2 - August 28, 2022, Thursday - Monday, 11am - 4pm. The Museum is located at 401 F St., NW in Washington, DC.



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