Short Shakespeare!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

SATURDAYS 11:00 A.M. & 2:00 P.M.

February 3

March 10, 2018

The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

adapted & directed by Jess McLeod
Touring Chicago schools through March 23


The Play

On Saturdays this winter, our new, third theater, The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare, is home to a smartly abridged, 75-minute production that promises to cast its spell on audience members from ages 9 to 99. Director Jess McLeod has crafted a Midsummer that celebrates the magic conjured by the chance meetings of characters from different walks of life. Join in the merriment as four young lovers set out for the forest, where an amateur theater troupe is rehearsing. But when the Fairy Court discovers mortals in their midst, mischief ensues until dawn. Following each performance, you are invited to stay for a discussion with the entire cast and to mingle with them in the lobby. Start your weekend with an enchanting visit to a realm where love wins—every time.



Video: Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night's Dream

Gallery: In Production: Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night's Dream

Video: Director Jess McLeod talks Short Shakespeare!


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The Story

Four young lovers set out for the forest, where an amateur theater troupe is rehearsing a play. When the Fairy Court joins in, mischief and hilarity ensue until dawn.
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A Conversation with the Director

Director of Education Marilyn Halperin talked with CST’s guest artist, Director Jess McLeod, about her thoughts on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
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Access Shakespeare

CST looks to provide the best possible seats and service to make our facilities and performances accessible to all patrons.
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The Players

Creative Team

Jess McLeod Adapter/Director

Lauren Nigri Scenic Designer

Izumi Inaba Costume Designer

Greg Hofmann Lighting Designer

Mikhail Fiksel Sound Design and Composition

Richard Jarvie Wig and Make-up Designer

Jerry Galante Fight Choreographer

Kathryn Walsh Verse Coach

Héctor Alvarez Assistant Director

Laura Durham Casting


Adam Wesley Brown Bottom, through March 18

Ally Carey Helena

Christiana Clark Titania/Hippolyta

Richard Costes Snout/Fairy

Lane Anthony Flores Flute/Fairy

Sean Fortunato Oberon/Theseus

Jeremy Peter Johnson Bottom, beginning March 19

Jarrett King Egeus/Quince

Andrew L. Saenz Demetrius

Faith Servant Hermia

Christopher Sheard Lysander

Drew Shirley Starveling

Hannah Starr Snug/Fairy

Travis Turner Puck

Courtney Abbott Understudy

Aurora Adachi-Winter Understudy

Daniel C. Brown Understudy

Jeri Marshall Understudy

Xavier Roe Understudy

Rejinal Simon Understudy

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