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The Dark Lady Players Presents
Midsummer Night's Dream
Wednesday, March 28, 2007 through Sunday, April 01, 2007

Midsummer Night's Dream A Comic Jewish Satire

Length: 1 hr 15 mins
Intermission(s): Unknown
Seating: General Admission
You choose your seats when you get to the theater.

Midsummer Night’s Dream; A Comic Jewish Satire reveals the Shakespearean text to contain an amazing play-within-the-play-within-the-play. This is an allegory, a comic Jewish satire in which Flute/Thisbe represents the Church, Bottom/Pyramus represents Jesus, and Peter Quince—as his name suggests is Mr Rocky Cornerstone, namely Saint Peter. Oberon is Yahweh, the God of the Jews, and the war he is fighting is the first century Jewish-Roman war against Titus Caesar/Titania. At the end, the Wall between heaven and earth falls down which marks the Apocalypse in which Puck introduces the final dance and the first day of a New Year—a Jewish New Year marked by the resurrection of the dead and the scattering of dew.

All cast members are women except for Titania who is played by a man, as on the Elizabethan stage. The production uses costuming and simple props--like a giant Torah scroll and an Arch of Titus-- in order to communicate the deep satirical allegory as in the medieval theatrical tradition. Finally, by showing that the play contains this buried satire, the production demonstrates it was not written by the man from Stratford (who was a Catholic)—but by a Jew. There was only one Jewish poet in England. It is after her that the Dark Lady Players are named, Amelia Bassano Lanyer, previously known as the ‘Dark Lady’ of the Sonnets, who was the first woman in England to publish a book of poetry (in 1611).

This production combines a mixture of Bassano music and the original Elizabethan songs which have been arranged by VORTEX, who blend it with elements of industrial, trance and hip-hop. Extracts from this production are being performed on 22 March as part of the Washington Shakespeare Festival.

with Steven Squibb as Titania
Morganne Davies as Oberon
Monica Cortez as Puck
& Chanelle Benz, Jen Browne, Amanda Bruton, Daniela Dakic, Lila Dupree, Megan Mcgrath, Kirsta Peterson, and Peggy Suzuki
directed by Mahayana Landowne
costumes by Jess Lane
assistant director Jenny Greeman
based on The Dark Lady by John Hudson
 


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