Summary

Summary

One of Shakespeare’s Most Popular Comedies

Set in modern-day New York City, this comedy of love in its many guises brings together star-crossed lovers, quarreling kings and queens, mischievous fairy sprites, and a ragtag troupe of traveling players, all caught under the summer moon’s intoxicating spell. Experience the wonder and magic of Shakespeare’s beloved comedy – a mid-summer evening not to be missed!

Cast & Staff

Cast & Staff

THE CAST

(in order of their appearance)

Theseus, Duke of Athens Brad Lussier
Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, betrothed to Theseus Ellen Ortolani
Philostrate, Master of the Revels to Theseus Kate Shannon
Egea, mother to Hermia Rachel McKendree
Hermia, daughter to Egea, in love with Lysander Lindsey Kanaga
Lysander, in love with Hermia Kyle Norman
Demetrius, in love with Hermia Jeremy Haig
Helena, in love with Demetrius Sarah Hale
Peter Quince, a carpenter Rachel McKendree
Snug, a joiner Sr. Phoenix Catlin
Bottom, a weaver Br. Stephen Velie
Flute, a bellows-mender Peter Haig
Snout, a tinker Stephanie Haig
Oberon, King of the Fairies Brad Lussier
Titania, Queen of the Fairies Ellen Ortolani
Changeling Boy Oliver Ortolani
Puck, or Robin Goodfellow Kate Shannon
Moonshine’s Dog Chipper

THE STAFF

Director
Sr. Danielle Dwyer

Technical Director
Chris Kanaga

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News & Reviews

News & Reviews

“Theirs is a labor of love… their professionalism and commitment to their craft are unmistakable.”  —Broadway World

Elements Combine for Wonderful Cape Getaway

By Nancy Grossman, Broadway World

All of the stress of spending three and a half hours in Saturday traffic bound for Cape Cod melted away in short order after a warm welcome from the staff of Elements Theatre Company and their B&B-style guest house adjacent to Rock Harbor in Orleans.

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Hex in the City

By Lee Roscoe, Cape Cod Times

Elements Theatre Company has made Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” new, fresh, majestic and magical.

Director Danielle Dwyer sets the piece in present-day New York City, a very original, yet very Elizabethan, take on the witchery of the fairy world, and it works perfectly.

Most of the actors in this Shakespeare cast speak with superb clarity and the words, as actor Brad Lussier (Oberon/Theseus) noted at a talk-back Friday night, create the action and character.

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Shakespeare’s sweet, sweet Dream at Elements Theatre

Written by John Watters, Barnstable Patriot

A royal treatment in Orleans

William Shakespeare was born 450 years ago next April, and to celebrate the Bard’s birthday Elements Theatre Company is kicking off a year-long presentation of his works.

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From the Director

From the Director

Dear Friends,

Welcome to A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

What new is there to say about this beloved play? Well, we have set the story you are about to see in modern day New York City. Shakespeare follows a tradition of many classical writers that set his characters in two places, the court and the country. The court and its business, represents the law and hierarchy of society. While the country offers a respite from the tension of the court, its treachery and at times its danger.

This would be the case in this play. Hermia along with her friends flee the court to preserve her life. Bottom retreats to the wood to rehearse a play for the Duke with his fellow cast mates, lest they be spied on in town. The fairy world is at war in the wood where both have come and unwittingly they enter a zone of danger and deception which they thought they had left behind. They are now subject to forces and events outside of their own control. I wonder if they are able to be part of these events because of unmet desires and dreams yet to be realized.

I would suggest that Shakespeare reveals to us in the wood (Central Park in our case) that we take with ourselves all that we are and all that we may become. It is in the test of danger, the hope of a dream, the chance to be an ass and revel in that state that there is new courage to face what we have fled.

It is a simple analogy, but a profound one.

Puck watching the floundering of those under Oberon’s magic in the wood has this to say,

Shall we their fond pageant see? 

Lord, what fools these mortals be! 

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