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2012
A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare
Directed Robert S. Currier

Bottom and Titania from Midsummer Night's Dream 2012- marin Shakespeare

Producer’s Perspective:

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" is, of course, one of the greatest theatrical achievements ever. It is a play we have done dozens of times with student actors of all ages, at San Quentin, at Baja Shakespeare, in college, at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (where Lesley played a Fairy in 1987), and with both of our sons in various school productions. Just as Samuel Coleridge is said to have written "Kubla Khan" after awakening from a drug-induced dream, this play seems to have sprung full-blown from the brain of William Shakespeare like Athena from Zeus. The poetry is exceptionally mellifluous and magical. The humor still delights. It is a play as close to perfection as possible.

And yet... having produced this play several times at Forest Meadows, we decided to give this one a bit more of a twist than we have in the past. The magic of the play seemed to fit the magic of place we love - Hawaii.

 

set of Hawaiian MSND
We have our exceptionally lovely (inside and out) daughter Sara to thank. Growing up as surfer, Sara chose to go to college in Hawaii, first on the island paradise of Kauai and later in Honolulu. And of course we had to visit often. Sara's passion is preserving native Hawaiian plants, and she has a deep connection to the land and history of Hawaii, as well as its unique and special spirit. Hawaii is the newest place on planet earth, and a place still passionately being created by the meeting of fire and water. It's gods, sprung from the Polynesian traditions the earliest humans brought with them to the islands, both celebrate natural phenomena and have very human characteristics -- just like the pagan spirits who inspired the fairy world of the play.

starveling

When our dear friend Leslie Harlib invited us over one night for pupus and maitais, just as we were dreaming our way into the summer season, Hawaii started wafting its lyrical, hibiscus-scented charm into our imagining of the play. And we were hooked. We loved listening to Hawaiian music, learning authentic hula moves, and finding out about the gods and goddesses and traditions of the island from the knowledgeable Shawna Alapa'i who joined us as our Hawaii consultant. We hoped we weren't wrecking Shakespeare's masterpiece, but rather adding a layer of a special kind of sweetness.

This production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" was sort of like taking a mini-vacation to Hawaii for a few hours, without leaving home.

Aloha!

- Lesley Currier, Producer

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CAST & Production Staff
 

THE CAST

Duke Theseus - Damien Seperi

Hippolyta, soon to be his bride - Sylvia Burboeck

Egeus, father of Hermia - Jack Halton

Hermia - Jessica Salans

Lysander - Brandon Mears

Demetrius - Evan Bartz

Helena - Luisa Frasconi
Attendant to Duke Theseus - Sean Mirkovich

Bottom - Jarion Monroe*

Quince - Stephen Muterspaugh*

Flute - Alexander Lenarsky

Snout – George Q. Nguyen

Starveling - Amy Lizardo

Snug - Jai Sahai

Titania, Queen of the Fairies - Cat Thompson*

Oberon, King of the Fairies - Scott Coopwood*

Puck, Oberon's henchman - James Hiser*

Peaseblossom - Ashley Rose McKenna

Cobweb - Megan Putnam
Moth - Hannah Jester

Mustardseed - Shana Tinkle

A Changeling Child - Jacob Trejo


PRODUCTION TEAM

Director - Robert S. Currier
Producer - Lesley Schisgall Currier
Choreographer - Cynthia Pepper
Costume Design - Tammy Berlin
Fight Director - Robert Squeri

Hawaii Consultant - Shawna Alapa'i
Lighting Design - Ellen Brooks
Properties - Joel and Toni Eis
Set Design - Mark Robinson
Sound Design/Composer - Billie Cox
Stage Manager - Sabrina Kniffin*
Assistant Stage Manager - Josh Garcia-Cotter

Tiki God Fabricator - Antonio Echeverria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Member of Actor's Equity Association
 
   


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