We’re entering our third weekend in the park for this summer’s Shakespeare in the Park production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Chances are that you’ve heard a thing or two about our production (or heard rumors of fairy sightings in Centennial Park) so we won’t go in to all the details. Though it baffles us as to why you wouldn’t want to risk a fairy eating your dinner in the park, if for some reason you’re still debating with yourself about heading out to Centennial, here are 5 more reasons why you should spend an enchanted Midsummer evening with us (according to a few faeries, Mechanicals and Athenians):
1. “Why come to Midsummer? To hear a Shakespearean play that remains relevant and connected to our world.” — Douglas Corzine, ApCo member & Mechanical Robin Starveling
As the moon in Petie Quince’s play, “The Most Lamentable Comedy and Most Cruel Death of Pyramus and Thisbe,” Robin Starveling does his best to bring his sunny beams to the park every night. Usually with the help of an awe inspiring silvery robe and his trusty companion (and scene stealer), Obe.
2. “You can watch Craige Hoover [Bottom] kill himself 8 times!” — Savannah Noelle, Helena
Bottom has been overly concerned about the ladies who might be present in our nightly audience, mainly that they will swoon and faint en mass when Pyramus must draw his sword and kill himself during Petie Quince’s play. Despite our best efforts, we have no control over him or what he chooses to do with that Roman sword on a nightly basis.
3. “You may or may not see some fairies twerking it out.” — Austin Hunt, Kudzu
Disclaimer: Our fairies want nothing more than to eat your dinner, take selfies with your iPhone and do Apolonia’s and Oberon’s bidding. They also occasionally like to dance. Any similarities to Miley Cyrus are avoided at all costs.
4. “Where else can you see drums, dogs, dew drops and donkeys all in one place?” — Craige Hoover, Bottom
Apart from possibly the State Fair, we’re hard-pressed to find an answer to this one.
5. “All the sight gags poking (gentle) fun at contemporary culture–from smartphones to sleep masks, from Capri Suns to fluffy pink poodles, this show capitalizes on its update to Nashville 2013 with inventive and hilarious employments of the “stuff” with which we surround ourselves.” — Emily Grace Eytchison, Helena (understudy)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream will run through September 15th at Centennial Park in Nashville. More info here.