A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is perhaps the most performed comedy written by William Shakespeare sometime 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 plays comedy hinges on mistaken identities, love affairs that are not reciprocated and the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors (the mechanicals) who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set.

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 Director

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.


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