Director's Note from Valerie Bijur Carlson
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is considered by many to be Shakespeare’s finest comedy—a hefty compliment, considering that his other comedies include As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, and Twelfth Night! It is also remarkable that Midsummer is an early work by Shakespeare, written in the mid-1590s—around the time he was writing Romeo and Juliet; truly the man was a multi-faceted, multi-tasking genius of a dramatist. This is a play about love, as many of Shakespeare’s plays are, but it is also about striving for seemingly unreachable goals: simple craftspeople rehearse “courageously” to mount a perfect theatrical performance; young lovers flee fathers, dukes, and each other in their quest for perfect romance; and strong-willed rulers strategize with force and magic to restore harmony in their kingdoms. The play itself challenges us to re-examine our notions of love, marriage, power, and excellence. And it is also uproariously funny, achingly beautiful, and enjoyably witty. We hope you and your whole family—children through grandparents—can join us for our rendition of this classic comedy.
All shows performed in the Palmer Center.