A Midsummer Night's Dream

Mechanicals Stage to Screen - "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (2020)

A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of Shakespeare's earliest comedies, yet it still resounds with the brilliance and charm of his later works. Hermia is in love with Lysander but the two are forbidden to marry. Together they set off into the enchanted wood to live together in happiness. Unknown to them, the couple is followed by Demetrius who also loves Hermia. Demetrius in turn is followed by Helena for she is in love with him. Their collective adventures are further compounded by the Fairies that inhabit the wood. Oberon and Titania, the King and Queen of the Fairies, helped by Oberon's servant Puck, cast the lovers into turmoil through their magic and their own jealousies.

Filmed at the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center by Geminye Studios in October 2020, The Rustic Mechanicals Mortal Grossness Tour production was directed by Jim Warren, alongside Fight Director Tommy Schoffler, Intimacy Director Jessica Morgan and Voice & Text Coach Bridget Esterhuizen, with Technical Direction by David Byard, Costume Design by Troy Snyder, and Hair & Make-Up Design by Samantha Huffman, and with Dramaturgy by John Shirley.

The Mechanicals featured in this production include Josh Brooks, Nicole Davis, Miranda Folmsbee, Justin Grow, Kayla Hudimac, Samantha Huffman, Steve McElroy, Jared Munson, Kyle Stemple, Jason A Young, and Sarah Young.

No donation is necessary if you are a West Virginia high school or middle school teacher or student, or a homeschool parent or student. Email vtcrusticmechanicals@gmail.com and request your screening link.

This project is made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the federal CARES Act through the West Virginia Humanities Council. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.