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Midsummer Night's Dream (4/8)


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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Eugenia Educational Fdn.
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 55 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: Yes

Copyright Date: 1998
Available in French: No

A Midsummer Night's Dream, considered the loveliest of Shakespeare's romantic comedies, draws the viewer almost immediately into a dark forest, where love loses its way. While wandering in the midnight woods, lovers fall in and out of love with the rapidity of rabbits: all the time vowing that their love is eternal and true. The fairy folk declare: “Lord, what fools these mortals be!” Yet the fairy king, out of spite, causes his queen to make a fool of herself over an ass. Although we gladly let ourselves be seduced by moonlight magic, fairy dust, and bridal bed blessings, we wonder at the end of this play how long the “happy ending” will last. We also look with a sharper eye at our own wanderings in the forest of love, and the pain we inflict when we tell someone we once loved to “get lost”.