Welcome to Spotlight Play. You don’t want to miss this one-act annotated version of The dream of a summer night – Shakespeare’s magical tale of mischievous fairies and love potions (cuts and notes by Lindsay Price from Shakespeare’s original).
The classic tale of mischievous fairies and love, set in the Athenian forest. Great mix of comedy and romance.
Let’s hear from the author!
1. Why did you adapt and annotate this piece?
It’s one of Shakespeare’s most accessible works and the characters are fabulous to play.
2. Describe the theme in one or two sentences.
The emergence and reality of love and relationships.
3. What is the most important visual material for you in this play?
The first moment Bottom appears with a donkey’s head instead of his own and chaos breaks out among the mechanics!
4. If you could give one piece of advice to those producing the piece, what would it be?
Don’t get so caught up in the unfamiliar language that you forget about character development. Shakespeare creates living characters. Make sure students understand who they are playing with, what they want, and how they will get what they want. Then make sure everyone understands every word they say. Understanding and character go hand in hand with Shakespeare.
5. Why is this play great for student performers?
Character, character, character! Fun characters to flesh out, relationships to explore and a love potion to wreak havoc.
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