Running time: 2 hours and a 15 minute intermission
Recommended minimum age: 8
Taube Atrium Theater
401 Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA, 94102
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.
“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
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.