William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream directed by Sherri Young

September 16–October 1, 2017

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Sherri Young

Lovers, Amazon women, and mystical fairies share the stage in this colorfully imaginative tale of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream set in Trinidad & Tobago’s Carnival. The audience becomes part of the cast as they are taken through an enchanted forest upon a magical night revealing star-crossed lovers, magical fairies, and a troupe. All before the Carnival celebration on the Duke and Duchess’ wedding day.

Bottom Line: This A Midsummer Night’s Dream is witty, pulsating, full of oomph, and tremendously imaginative.
—Richard Connema, Talkin’ Broadway

not only the best I’ve seen, but also the most unique.
She [Director Sherri Young] and her production team succeeded on all levels, heightening the magic, mystery, fantasy, and intrigue inherent in the play. … Don’t miss it!”
—Gaetana Caldwell-Smith, For All Events

“Even if you have seen ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ you’ll want to catch this beautiful, inspired version of a classic comedy. It’s great fun!
—Tyler Jeffreys, Theatrius

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Director’s Note

A Midsummer Night’s Dream has always been my personal Shakespeare favorite. This production was performed by African-American Shakespeare Company almost 20 years ago. When you think about a family-friendly Shakespeare production, Midsummer is on the top of the list. There is something for everyone with a myriad of characters, intrigue, lovers, magic, and fantasy.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream was my opportunity to create a culturally vibrant production that incorporated elements that soars with the richness of Shakespeare’s language, while entwining the cultural rhythms of the West Indies. This production puts the audience in the middle of the action – no passive observers at this show, audience members might be called on the stage to play with us, so if anyone is a shrinking violet I would suggest taking a seat as far from the stage as possible.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is my personal homage to L. Peter Callender. Many people think of Mr. Callender as this stern and intense Shakespearean actor. What many people don’t see is the man behind the image: Funny, lively, vibrant, full of energy and extremely creative. Almost each character in the production is an accumulation of Peter’s personality—especially Bottom.A Midsummer Night’s Dream is my gift to Mr. Callender who has made magic for our company for all these years.

—Sherri Young

Cast

Theseus, Jourdán Olivier-Verdé
Hippolyta, Emily T. Phillips
Egeus, Jarrett Holley
Hermia, Antonette Bracks
Lysander, Ryan Marchand
Demetrius, Jon-David Randle
Helena, Paige Mayes
Oberon, Jourdán Olivier-Verdé
Titania, Emily T. Phillips
Peter Quince, Jarrett Holley
Bottom, ShawnJ West
Snug, Charlotte Christien
Flute/Thisby, Gabriel A. Ross
Robin Goodfellow (Puck), Charles Lewis III

Production Team

Director, Sherri Young
Production Manager, Leontyne Mbele-Mbong
Stage Manager, Lila Mullins
Set Designer, Kevin August Landesman
Lighting Designer, Kevin Myrick
Sound Designer, True Siller
Costume Designer, Rachael Heiman
Fight Choreographer, Durand Garcia
Puppet Designer, Scott Ludwig
Prop Designer, Lila Mullins

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