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).

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Photo Flash: First Look at Folger Shakespeare Library's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
A Midsummer musical celebration in Shakespeare’s magical comedy. Pictured l to r: Megan Graves, Desmond Bing, Erin Weaver (front), Eric Hissom, Dani Stoller, and Justina Adorno.

Photo Flash: First Look at Folger Shakespeare Library's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
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 Night’s Dream.

Photo Flash: First Look at Folger Shakespeare Library's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Bottom (Holly Twyford) at the mic, with help from her supporting cast (l to r: Megan Graves, Dani Stoller, Monique Robinson, Justina Adorno).

Photo Flash: First Look at Folger Shakespeare Library's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Peter Quince (Richard Ruiz) hams up the stage, leaving his cast (l to r: Dani Stoller, Monique Robinson, Megan Graves, Justina Adorno, Holly Twyford) somewhat perplexed.

Photo Flash: First Look at Folger Shakespeare Library's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Bottom (Holly Twyford) looks on as Peter Quince (Richard Ruiz) surprisingly takes center stage

Photo Flash: First Look at Folger Shakespeare Library's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
A most happy toast in Shakespeare’s most happy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Pictured from l to r: Desmond Bing, Kim Wong, Betsy Mugavero, Adam Wesley Brown, Eric Hissom, Caroline Stefanie Clay.

Photo Flash: First Look at Folger Shakespeare Library's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Bottom (Holly Twyford, center) explains her “most rare vision� to her acting troupe (l to r: Monique Robinson, Dani Stoller, Justina Adorno, Megan Graves, Richard Ruiz).

Photo Flash: First Look at Folger Shakespeare Library's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Desmond Bing (Demetrius) and Kim Wong (Helena) star as lovers destined to be in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Photo Flash: First Look at Folger Shakespeare Library's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Bottom (Holly Twyford) rehearses for her role as Pyramus in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Photo Flash: First Look at Folger Shakespeare Library's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Bottom (Holly Twyford, left) finds herself in a fantastical situation, lying beside Titania, Queen of the Fairies (Caroline Stefanie Clay), in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Photo Flash: First Look at Folger Shakespeare Library's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Helena (Kim Wong, front) puts her foot down and sets things straight, with Hermia (Betsy Mugavero), Demetrius (Desmond Bing), and Lysander (Adam Wesley Brown, right) looking on.

Photo Flash: First Look at Folger Shakespeare Library's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Puck (Erin Weaver, left) looks upon the newly transformed Bottom (Holly Twyford) with impish delight.

Photo Flash: First Look at Folger Shakespeare Library's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Peter Quince (Richard Ruiz) gives direction to his eager cast members (l to r: Holly Twyford, Monique Robinson, Megan Graves, Justina Adorno).

Photo Flash: First Look at Folger Shakespeare Library's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Puck (Erin Weaver) listening carefully to Oberon’s (Eric Hissom) mischievous plans in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Photo Flash: First Look at Folger Shakespeare Library's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Erin Weaver stars as Puck in Folger Theatre’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.



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