A Midsummer Night's Dream

December 6, 2018

January 27, 2019

CST’s Courtyard Theater

by William Shakespeare
directed by Joe Dowling


The Play

High-flying fairies mix with outrageous comedy for a Dream come true! In the forest, misguided passions mix with magic spells as four young lovers and an unsuspecting troupe of aspirational players cross paths with the fairy king and queen, engaged in a war of wills. Staged in the uniquely personal setting of the Courtyard Theater, internationally acclaimed Director Joe Dowling’s enchanting production features dazzling dance numbers and exhilarating music, blending rock, jazz, blues, and '50s doo-wop. This winter, come enjoy one of the most popular comedies of all time at Chicago’s Tony Award-winning theater on Navy Pier.



Gallery: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Video: “You're going to feel this one”

Gallery: In Rehearsal


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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

Keith Thomas Composer and Music Director

Christopher M. LaPorte Sound Designer

Richard Jarvie Wig and Make-up Designer

Joe Chvala Choreographer

Kevin Gudahl Verse Coach

Bob Mason Casting

Patricia McCorkle, CSA New York Casting

Erin Kraft Assistant Director


Jonathan Butler-Duplessis Snout

Joe Dempsey Peter Quince

Ethan Deppe Ensemble

William Dick Egeus/Snug

Michael Ferraro Peaseblossom

Luke Halpern Moth

Sam Kebede Puck/Philostrate

T.R. Knight Nick Bottom

Andrew MacNaughton Mustardseed

Edward O'Blenis Theseus/Oberon

Tyrone Phillips Lysander

Cristina Panfilio Helena

Melisa Soledad Pereyra Hermia

Michael Rawls Cobweb

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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