The texts, sources and performance history of A Midsummer Night’s Dream Theseus and Hippolyta make wedding plans Egeus is angry at Hermia for loving Lysander Hermia defends herself Theseus’ ruling Hermia and Lysander plan to elope Helena is miserable The mechanicals cast the play Bottom wants to play all the parts
English fairy traditions Introducing Puck Oberon and Titania fight over the changeling boy Oberon sends Puck for the magic flower Helena chases Demetrius Oberon sends Puck to enchant Demetrius
The Green World Titania’s lullaby Oberon enchants Titania Lysander and Hermia sleep cute Puck enchants the wrong guy Lysander loves the wrong girl Hermia wakes up alone The mechanicals rehearse Bottom has a few notes Puck puts the ass’ head on Bottom Bottom scares away his friends Titania falls in love with Bottom the ass … [Read more…]
Puck tells Oberon about Titania’s new boyfriend Hermia thinks Demetrius killed Lysander Oberon enchants Demetrius Now Lysander and Demetrius both love Helena Helena doesn’t trust their love, or Hermia’s protestations Lysander rejects Hermia Helena and Hermia fight! Now Lysander and Demetrius fight! Puck the ventriloquist Everybody goes to sleep Puck unenchants Lysander
Bottom orders the fairies around Oberon unenchants Titania Theseus and Hippolyta wake the lovers Bottom remembers his dream Bottom saves the day!
Theseus and Hippolyta talk fairy tales Philostrate lays out the newlyweds’ entertainment options The mechanicals perform Pyramus and Thisbe Puck returns to sweep the way Oberon and Titania bless the house Puck’s epilogue