A Midsummer Night's Dream

December 6, 2018

January 27, 2019

CST’s Courtyard Theater

by William Shakespeare
directed by Joe Dowling


The Play

Celebrate twenty years of Shakespeare on Navy Pier in a wonderland where fairies fly, a donkey bursts into song, and love potions can change hearts. Internationally acclaimed director Joe Dowling reimagines his lauded production that inaugurated Chicago Shakespeare’s first season on Navy Pier. Over the course of a night, the stories of royalty, quarrelsome fairies, young lovers, and a troupe of aspirational players are woven into one enchanting tapestry backed by a vibrant score blending rock, jazz, blues, and '50s doo-wop. Shakespeare's raucous humor and wondrous imagery makes it easy to see why this play has remained an audience favorite for more than four hundred years.


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The Players

Creative Team

Joe Dowling Director

Todd Rosenthal Scenic Designer

Fabio Toblini Costume Designer

Greg Hofmann Lighting Designer

Jesse Klug Lighting Designer

Victoria Deiorio Sound Designer

Richard Jarvie Hair and Make-up Designer

Keith Thomas Composer and Music Director

Joe Chvala Choreographer

Kevin Gudahl Verse Coach

Bob Mason Casting

Patricia McCorkle, CSA NYC Casting

Erin Kraft Assistant Director


Joe Dempsey Peter Quince

Ethan Deppe Ensemble

William Dick Egeus/Snug

Michael Ferraro Fairy

Luke Halpern Fairy

Sam Kebede Puck/Philostrate

T.R. Knight Nick Bottom

Andrew MacNaughton Fairy

Edward O’Blenis Theseus/Oberon

Tyrone Phillips Lysander

Cristina Panfilio Helena

Melisa Soledad Pereyra Hermia

Michael Rawls Fairy

Eric Schabla Demetrius

Sara Sevigny Starveling

Alexandra Silber Titania/Hippolyta

Alec Silver Francis Flute

Adrienne Storrs First Fairy

Jarais Musgrove Ensemble Intern

KJ Sheldon Ensemble Intern

Lauren Smith Ensemble Intern

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