A Midsummer Night's Dream

Actors' Circle Theatre

Our Ninth Annual Shakespeare in the Park

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Directed by Chris McCartie

Live at
Depot Square Park
Peterborough, NH

August 6, 7, 13, and 14th, 2016


It is unknown exactly when A Midsummer Night's Dream was written or first performed, but it is usually dated 1595 or early 1596. Some have theorized that the play might have been written for an aristocratic wedding (for example that of Elizabeth Carey, Lady Berkeley), while others suggest that it was written for the Queen to celebrate the feast day of St. John. No concrete evidence exists to support this theory. The writing period can be placed between 1594 and 1596, and it belongs to the early-middle period of the author, when Shakespeare devoted his attention to the lyricism of his works. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta. These include 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. The play is one of Shakespeare's most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.

This has been a hot summer of politics. The steamy weather has been exacerbated by heated rhetoric highlighting the divisions in our society – those of class and economic inequality, of generation gaps, and of gender. This play written over 400 years ago illustrates and examines those same divisions. It has also been the summer of Pokémon GO. Many seeking escape from the reality of the daily headlines have rediscovered the world around them through the “augmented reality” of a game on their cell phones. As we have been rehearsing in the park we have often been visited by those seeking to find elusive fantastical creatures in the bushes and trees along the riverbanks. How much like the hidden world of Shakespeare’s fairies who steal children, lead night wanderers astray, and bewitch mortal eyes. Many of Shakespeare’s comedies contain the plot device in which the characters leave the setting of the court or the city for the forest. In the green spaces of the woods, away from the rules and strictures of civil society these
characters are free to explore new roles and new ideas and, perhaps, to better understand their true natures. Theatre is another space in which this journey of exploration is possible. Thank you for escaping with us today, to this theatrically augmented reality. Now, please turn off your cell phones.
~ Chris McCartie, Director


The Cast…

“Duke” Theseus, state senator from Athens
Michael Redmond

Hippolyta Queen, Executive V. P. at Amazon 
Mia Moravis

Egeus Philostrate, mother to Hermia 
Wendy Almeida

Hermia, in love with Lysander 
Clare Margand

Helena, in love with Demetrius 
Ruth Linehan

Lysander, in love with Hermia 
Josh Bernard-Kriegl

Demetrius, in love with Hermia 
Bryan Hebert

Nick Bottom, a landscaper 
Garrett Zecker

Petra Quince, a yoga teacher 
Carin Torp

Francis Flute, a carpenter 
Peter Eisenstadter

Snout, a waitress 
Alix Woodford

Snug, a housekeeper 
Alana Korda

Starveling, a preschool teacher 
Sarah Katka


Oberon, King of the Fairies 
Jason Barshevsky

Titania, Queen of the Fairies 
Heather McCormack

Puck (also called Robin Goodfellow) 
Eve Pierce

Brenda Galenus

Mia Moravis

Alexis McCormack

Courtney DePoyster

Filmed on location August 7, 2016 and edited by 
David Teubner

Video Encoding, Titles, Design, and Social Media by

Director: Chris McCartie

Producers: Rob Koch, Mia Moravis

Costumes: Jazmine Carroll, Veda Crewe, Cast

Sound Design: Chris McCartie

Custom “Nick Bottom” Head: Ruth Linehan

Props: Chris McCartie

Publicist: Mia Moravis

Poster Design: Garrett Zecker, www.perpetualimagination.com

Print Distribution: Hope Taylor; Cast

Program Design and Layout: David Teubner

Facebook and website: Mia Moravis, Garrett Zecker, Perpetual Imagination www.perpetualimagination.com


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MUSIC (used with permission)
The Guardians – Tom Peters
Fairies’ Lullaby – Eric Svejcar
Up Above – Letter Box
It's All Happening – Huma Huma

Actors’ Circle Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; Rob Koch, Managing Director.