A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is perhaps the most performed comedy written by William Shakespeare between the years 1590 and 1597. The play centers around the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, and what happens when fairies decide to mix in the affairs of mortals. The play hinges on mistaken identities, the misadventures of four young Athenian lovers, and a group of six amateur actors (the mechanicals) who are controlled and manipulated by fairies who inhabit the forest. Oh, and we do it all with six actors. 

by William Shakespeare, adapted and directed by Aaron Cromie

Tours begin May 12! 

Opening night May 25 to June 11

From the Folger Shakespeare Library

In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, residents of Athens mix with fairies from a local forest, with comic results. In the city, Theseus, Duke of Athens, is to marry Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons. Bottom the weaver and his friends rehearse in the woods a play they hope to stage for the wedding celebrations.

Four young Athenians are in a romantic tangle. Lysander and Demetrius love Hermia; she loves Lysander and her friend Helena loves Demetrius. Hermia’s father, Egeus, commands Hermia to marry Demetrius, and Theseus supports the father’s right. All four young Athenians end up in the woods, where Robin Goodfellow, who serves the fairy king Oberon, puts flower juice on the eyes of Lysander, and then Demetrius, unintentionally causing both to love Helena. Oberon, who is quarreling with his wife, Titania, uses the flower juice on her eyes. She falls in love with Bottom, who now, thanks to  Robin Goodfellow, wears  an ass’s head.

As the lovers sleep, Robin Goodfellow restores Lysander’s love for Hermia, so that now each young woman is matched with the man she loves. Oberon disenchants Titania and removes Bottom’s ass’s head. The two young couples join the royal couple in getting married, and Bottom rejoins his friends to perform the play.

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Meet the Company

Aaron Cromie (Director) is pleased to return to Hedgerow after directing this winter’s Or, as well as designing the set for last season’s On The Verge. Aaron is a Philadelphia based director, designer, actor, writer and musician who has collaborated with Walnut Street Theatre, Wilma Theater, Arden, Philadelphia Theatre Company, 1812 Productions, Lantern, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, and Folger Theatre (DC) among others. He studied Commedia Dell’Arte and Mask Design at the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre and Antonio Fava‘s School for Commedia in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Aaron also plays in an acoustic Folk/Americana duo, Chickabiddy, Many thanks to the kind folks at Hedgerow for inviting me back.

Zoran Kovcic*, ( Peter Quince, Theseus, Oberon ) has been a member of the Hedgerow Theatre Company since 1991 serving in a variety of capacities: Actor, Designer, Stage Manager, General Manager, etc. Other Shakespeare roles played: Earl of Gloucester, Friar Lawrence, Do Armado, Sir Toby Belch, Brabantio, Hamlets Ghost, Polonius, the Grave Digger, Stephano, Antonio, Duke Senior, Jacques, and Ross. His favorite roles are those that make people laugh especially his wife Penelope Reed.

Susan Wefel*, (Bottom) a graduate of The School of Theater at Boston University and is a 38 -year veteran actress and company member of Hedgerow Theatre.  She has studied under Dolores Tanner, Rose Schulman, Janet Kelsey, Louis Lippa, and Penelope Reed.  Recent Hedgerow Roles include her critically acclaimed Shirley Valentine, Gaslight(Elizabeth), No Sex Please We’re British(Mother), Pride and Prejudice(Mrs Bennett), Servant of Two Masters(Brigella),  and the annual A Christmas Carol in which she has performed every year! Seen at Media Theater in The Addams Family, Les Miserables, Billy Elliot, To Kill a Mockingbird, Side Show and Romeo and Juliet. Winner of Broadway World Award 2016 for Best Supporting Actress of Philadelphia for portrayal Grandma in Billy Elliot.

ALLISON BLOECHL (Helena, Titania) has been a company member and resident actor at Hedgerow for three years.  She graduated from Muhlenberg College and is a registered Actor-Combatant with the SAFD.  Allison’s favorite Hedgerow credits include Bullshot Crummond, Dracula, Or, The Servant of Two MastersBoeing Boeing, and The Prisoner of Zenda.  This summer Allison is relocating to Baltimore and performing in My Fair Lady at Muhlenberg Summer Theatre in Allentown. www.allisonbloechl.weebly.com

Madalyn St. John (Hermia) is excited to be back at Hedgerow after appearing last year as Clarice in The Servant of Two Masters. Some other favorites past roles include Minnie Fay (Hello, Dolly!, Media Theatre), Rosemary Pilkington (How to Succeed…, Candlelight Theatre); and Rosaline (Love’s Labour’s Lost, Phila. Shakespeare Theatre). Madalyn is currently studying acting at Playhouse West. Thanks to Aaron and Jared for the opportunity to be a part of this Shakespearean magic! Love to Michael. www.madalynstjohn.com

JOSH PORTERA (Lysander) is incredibly excited to be working on this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  A Hedgerow Resident Actor and graduate from Muhlenberg College (B.A. Theatre), he has appeared previously at Hedgerow in The Prisoner of Zenda (Black Michael),  The Hound of the Baskervilles (Watson), The Servant of Two Masters (Dr. Lombardi), Dracula (Attendant Butterworth), and Bullshot Crummond (Otto von Brunno/Scalicio) – as well as having twice previously performed in A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Demetrius (Indecorous Theatre Company) and Snout (Muhlenberg Mainstage Theatre).  Josh would like to thank his friends and family for their unwavering support over the years, in spite of all the funny faces and silly accents they had to put up with.

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