Photo Flash: First Look at Folger Shakespeare Library's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Kicking off Folger Theatre's 2016 commemoration of 400 years of William Shakespeare is one of his most beloved comedies, A Midsummer Night's Dream. On stage from January 26 through March 6, 2016, this hilarious and heartfelt celebration of the follies and foibles of human beings is directed by four-time Helen Hayes Award-winner Aaron Posner. It is performed by an all-star cast, including Holly Twyford as Bottom, Eric Hissom as Oberon, Caroline Stefanie Clay as Titania, and Erin Weaver as a mischievous Puck. Tickets are available online at www.folger.edu/theatre or by calling the Folger Box Office at (202) 544-7077.
One of Shakespeare's earliest comedies, A Midsummer Night's Dream is a frolicsome escapade bursting with mistaken identities, topsy-turvy love triangles, and mystical charms as lovers are bewitched and beguiled by inhabitants of the captivating forest. Absurdity, trickery, love affairs, and machinations abound in one of the Bard's most enduring tales.
The extraordinary cast includes Desmond Bing as Demetrius, Adam Wesley Brown as Lysander, Betsy Mugavero as Hermia, Richard Ruiz as Peter Quince, and Kim Wong as Helena. The production also features Justina Adorno (Starveling), Elliott Bales (Egeus), Megan Graves (Snug), Monique Robinson (Snout), and Dani Stoller (Flute).
This production features original music composed by Andre Pluess (As You Like It at Folger Theatre), with scenic design by Paige Hathaway (Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead at Folger Theatre), costume design by Devon Painter (Cyrano and Macbeth at Folger Theatre), and choreography by Erika Chong Shuch (The Conference of the Birds at Folger Theatre). The creative team also includes Jesse Belsky (lighting design) and Sarah Pickett (sound design).
Photos by Teresa Wood
Puck (Erin Weaver) sings front and center, with Lysander (Adam Wesley Brown), Hermia (Betsy Mugavero), Bottom (Holly Twyford), and Snout (Monique Robinson) singing along in A Midsummer Nightâ€™s Dream.
Desmond Bing (Demetrius) and Kim Wong (Helena) star as lovers destined to be in A Midsummer Nightâ€™s Dream.
Bottom (Holly Twyford) rehearses for her role as Pyramus in Shakespeareâ€™s A Midsummer Nightâ€™s Dream.