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Public Shakespeare Initiative Screening: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

Sunday, August 5 at 6:30PM

Joe's Pub

Full-Price: $15, plus fees
Public Member and Partners: $15, no fees 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most beloved creations. The frolicking tale of lovesick young aristocrats, energetic but inept rustics, and mischievous woodland spirits is a staple of stage and screen. In the past, film adaptions have emphasized the play’s traditional, Elizabethan qualities. This production however is a fresh and stylish reinvention that takes an entirely different approach.

The story takes place in present day Hollywood - a place where glamorous stars, commanding moguls, starving artists and vaulting pretenders all vie to get ahead. Hollywood is sometimes called “The Dream Factory,” and like the world of Shakespeare’s Dream, it’s a place where fantasy and reality collide.

In the tradition of Baz Luhrmann’s rapturous reimagining of Romeo + Juliet, this modern vision breathes new life into a classic tale. Combined with a cast of established and emerging stars as well as a pulsing original soundtrack, the film will appeal to ardent fans of the Bard as well as audiences discovering Shakespeare for the first time.

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Finn Wittrock (left) as Demetrius, Lily Rabe (center) as Helena, and Ted Levine (right) as Theseus. © 2017 Photo courtesy of Greg Smith.
Rachael Leigh Cook (left) as Hermia and Hamish Linklater (right) as Lysander. © 2017 Photo courtesy of Greg Smith.
Lily Rabe (left) as Helena and Finn Wittrock (right) as Demetrius. © 2017 Photo courtesy of Greg Smith.
Avan Jogia as Puck. © 2017 Photo courtesy of Greg Smith.


Casey Wilder Mott
Writer, Director, Producer

Joshua Skurla Producer

Fran Kranz Producer

Douglas Matejka Producer


Featuring: Bob Bancroft, Brianna Barnes, Alan Blumenfeld, Charlie Carver, Max Carver, Rachael Leigh Cook, Samuel Davis, Paz De La Huerta, Barak Hardley, Avan Jogia, Fran Kranz, Ted Levine, Hamish Linklater, Kristin Linklater, Justine Lupe, Christine Marzano, Lily Rabe, Mia Doi Todd, Charity Wakefield, Saul Williams, Finn Wittrock