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A Midsummer Night's Dream

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Tyler Dobrowsky

When: FEB. 9 - MARCH 24, 2017
Where: The Chace Theater
Run time: Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission


About the Show

With Fred Sullivan, Jr. as Bottom

In one of Shakespeare’s most beloved romantic comedies, four fantastic stories are woven together in a single fanciful night: the wedding of an Athenian Duke to his Queen; the comic misadventures of four lovers lost in the forest; an uproarious throw-down between the King and Queen of the Fairies; and the hilarious antics of a group of amateur actors. Trinity Rep’s production, set in a 1980’s high school dance, gets it all right -- the longing, the lust, and the leggings. Overflowing with magic music, and hair, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a celebration of love for audiences of all ages.

This production is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Project Discovery, Trinity Rep’s landmark student matinee program which has introduced over one million Rhode Island students to live theater. 

Critics are LOVING A Midsummer Night's Dream!

"Pure fun...you've never seen Shakespeare quite like this before." - Susan McDonald, The Providence Journal
"An unqualified hit...the Trinity Rep gang is brilliant!" - Dave Christner, The Newport Mercury
"Gem of a play...it's the bomb. Masterful interpretation of the show." - Grace Kelly, Rhode Island Monthly
"Refreshing, hilarious and musically fun...a great choice to bring the whole family!" - Will Demers, Edge Media
"Pure magic, pure fun!" - Nancy Burns-Fusaro, The Westerly Sun
"I have never seen Shakespeare where the actors can't get through monologues because the audience is literally screaming with delight. I can't wait to go back." - Shannon McLoud, Motif
"You can't miss this nearly 5-century old script transformed into a retro 80s hit-- it's totally rad." - Kendra Gravelle, RI Central
"As for the actors, Lord, what jewels these mortals be." - Peter Filicha, Broadway Select
"Director Tyler Dobrowsky takes his talented cast on a whirlwind trip...it will definitely help you escape your current day problems into the magical world of the past." - Tony Annicone, Theater Mirror

Related Content

Read an interview with Resident Company Members Rachael Warren and Fred Sullivan, Jr.

Show Program

Forgot your program at the theater or want to read up before you attend? Click here for the digital edition of the A Midsummer Night's Dream show program.

Can't stop jamming to the music of the show?

Show your Midsummer ticket at Boombox Karaoke (just down the street from the theater!) after the show and sing your favorite 80s song for FREE. Sweet dreams are made of these!

Upcoming events for A Midsummer's Night Dream:

Great Writers: If It Ain't Baroque, Don't Fix It!

Monday, June 5th at 7 pm
Join us as we take a closer look at all things classical. Local artists and scholars will compare and contrast two of history's most prolific writers: Shakespeare and Lope de Vega, along with discussion on how the baroque style affected not only what was being created in England and Spain during their lifetimes, but how that still affects the art we make today. Speakers to be announced.

Free and open to the public! A $10 donation is encouraged to support the development of new work at Trinity Rep. RSVP to events@trinityrep.com. For more information on the Great Writers Series, contact Kate Kataja at kkataja@trinityrep.com or (401) 521-1100 ext. 172.

Ovation & Conversation with Christina Bevilacqua
Friday, March 24th after the evening performance

Following the final performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Conversationalist-in-Residence Christina Bevilacqua will host a wrap party backstage with the cast and audiences to toast the closing night of the show and lead a dynamic conversation about the production, what the play means to us today, and more.

All audiences who see the show throughout the run are invited to return for this unique post-performance event.

As always, and included with your ticket purchase, our new pre-show Prologue series takes place one hour before every A Midsummer Night's Dream performance. Join us for this 30 minute pre-show discussion, hosted by cast members Gwen Kingston and Teddy Lytle and crafted by dramaturg Emily Shapiro, which will examine the history of the production and the playwright, peek into the rehearsal process, and give reasons for why we're passionate about programming this show here and now. Each Prologue ends with a short participatory Q&A session.



The Artistic Team

Musical direction by Esther Zabinski, set design by Michael McGarty, costume design by Olivera Gajic, lighting design by Dan Scully, sound design by Peter Sasha Hurowitz, fight choreography by Craig Handel, and stage managed by Kristen Gibbs.

Cast & Contributors

Rebecca Gibel

Billy Finn 

Child Cast

Rotating in alternating performances, Trinity Rep welcomes the talented:

Goonies: Sophie Appel, Ahlyha Bright, Idowu Demola, Wesley Memery, Elijah Nyahkoon, Abbie O'Brien, Ronin W. Scott, and Reid Taylor.
Ghostbusters: Calista Aguinaldo, Elizabeth Dunn, Thomas Fitzgerald, Lillian Johnson, Lana Lacombe, Gustavo Londono, Laurel McMahon, and Samuel Wright.

A Midsummer Night's Dream is sponsored by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and produced as part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest.


Trinity Rep's 53rd season is sponsored by Ocean State Job Lot and RISCA.


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