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September 16 – December 4
Shakespeare

VIRTUAL A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Peter Pasyk

WAKING UP TO THE UNREAL WORLD

Spellbound lovers, quarrelling fairies, tradesmen with a fervour for amateur theatricals: they’re all mixed up together in the surreal world of Shakespeare’s great comedy of dreaming and desire.

This deep dive into the sometimes unsettlingly dark and dangerous realms of the subconscious famously culminates in a play within the play: a hilariously inept performance by Nick Bottom and his fellow would-be actors. But even as we laugh at the ham-fisted efforts of these “rude mechanicals,” we are won over by their heartfelt belief in the power of the imagination.

Taking its cue from that insight, this production deploys the most fundamental techniques of theatrical art in a magically inventive staging of a play that is itself a celebration of the imagination at its most extreme.

House Program: A Midsummer Night's Dream  

Virtual Runtime: One hour and 36 minutes

Study Guide: A Midsummer Night's Dream

 

Audience Advisory »

Production support is generously provided by the Harkins & Manning families in memory of Susan & Jim Harkins. 

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CAST & CREATIVE

    Eva Foote
    Hermia, Snug, Peaseblossom

    2021: Hermia, Snug, Peaseblossom in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Second season. (Last year slated to play Jenna in Hamlet-911, Citizen in Richard III.) Elsewhere (selected): UnCovered: Notes from the Heart (Musical Stage Co.); Girl in Once (Segal Centre); Audrey in As You Like It, Phillipa in The Taming of the Shrew (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival); Andrea in Dark Vanilla Jungle (Blarney Productions); Halley in Armstrong's War (Theatre Network). Training: National Theatre School of Canada, Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Awards: Two-time nominee - Sterling Award; three-time nominee - Edmonton Music Award; recipient of 2019 Montreal English Theatre Award for Lead Performance in a Musical & Emerging Artist; recipient of 2019 Shirley Banks Prize for Emerging Musical Theatre Artists. Other: Thanks to Mom & Dad & Toni (& Roxy) - for teaching me how to love & sing & laugh & pluck a goose. I love you.

    Craig Lauzon
    Theseus, Oberon
    2021: Theseus, Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Simon, Tales of an Urban Indian (Talk Is Free Theatre); Marmaduke, Orlando (Soulpepper); Angus, The Drawer Boy (Theatre Passe Muraille); Antipholus of Syracuse and Ephesus, The Comedy of Errors (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Trigorin, Stupid Fucking Bird (The Collective); Claude Morin/Joe Clark/Mick Jagger, Trudeau and Lévesque; Maurice/James Cross, Trudeau and the FLQ (VideoCabaret); Mooch, Where the Blood Mixes (Theatre Network); Kent, King Lear (National Arts Centre); Isaac/Jacob, Thunderstick! (Persephone Theatre). Film/TV: Phil, Trickster (CBC); Les, In a little plastic bag, in a tiny jar, on a mantel in the house (Stratfest@Home); Dr. Elliotte, Run Woman Run (Big Soul Productions). Radio/Recordings: Matt, First Métis Man of Odessa (Factory Theatre); Mukwa, Peter Pan (POH Productions, UK); panelist on Because News (CBC Radio); narrator of For Jacob, Peace & Good Order (Penguin Random House).
    Trish Lindström
    Puck, Egeus

    2021: Puck, Egeus in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Sixth season. Stratford: As You Like It (Celia), The Hypochondriac, Alice Through the Looking-Glass (Alice), MND: A Chamber Play (Titania/Hermia), The Tempest (Miranda), The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Cabaret (Sally Bowles), Trojan Women, The Miracle Worker (Helen Keller). Elsewhere (selected): Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (first US national tour); Mother Night (59E59); If Sand… (NYMF Award); Wedding Party (Crow's/NAC/TIFT); Life After (Canadian Stage); Once (Dora Award - Mirvish); Children of God (Urban Ink/NAC); Bloodless (Theatre20); In the Next Room (Tarragon/RMTC); MND, Double Bill, Exit the King (Soulpepper); Assassins (Dora nomination - Birdland/TIFT); Mimi (Dora nomination - Tarragon); Shaw Festival (2003-2007). Film/TV: The Hot Zone, Frankie Drake, Dorothy's Secret, Jack in the Box, Murdoch Mysteries. Training: National Theatre School; The Actors Center, NYC. For Puck-eternal, Ian Watson. To be here. Is all.

    Jonathan Mason
    Demetrius, Quince, Mustardseed

    2021: Demetrius, Quince, Mustardseed in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Second season. Stratford: Valentine in Two Gentlemen of Verona (Birmingham Conservatory). Elsewhere: Iago in Othello, Richard in Richard III, Sparkish in The Country Wife, Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art); Paul Bratter in Barefoot in the Park, Paul Verral in Born Yesterday (Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre); Henry Baskerville in Hound of the Baskervilles (Royal Canadian Theatre Co.); Young Sherlock in Sherlock Holmes (Chemainus Theatre Festival); Mark Antony in Julius Caesar (Victoria Shakespeare Society). Film/TV: Fragile Seeds (feature film), The Flash, Far Cry 4, Monkey Up, Cascadia, Ollie and Emma. Directing: Julius Caesar (New Image College, Vancouver). Training: Birmingham Conservatory, The London Academy of Dramatic Art (Masters with Distinction, Classical Acting). Et cetera: Jonathan dedicates this season to his family and in memory of his father.

    André Sills
    Bottom
    2021: Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Seventh season. Stratford: The Tempest, Coriolanus, Napoli Milionaria!, etc. Elsewhere: Julius Caesar (Crow's/Groundling); Glass Menagerie, Sex, The Madness of George III, An Octoroon, The Adventures of a Black Girl in Her Search for God (Shaw Festival); "Master Harold"… and the Boys (Shaw Festival and Obsidian Theatre); Kim's Convenience national tour (Soulpepper); Shakespeare's Nigga, Ruined (Obsidian Theatre); Intimate Apparel (Alberta Theatre Projects, The Grand); Othello, Radio Golf (St. Louis Black Repertory Company). Training: Birmingham Conservatory, George Brown Theatre School. Awards: My Entertainment World Critics Pick Award, Best Leading Actor, An Octoroon; Toronto Theatre Critics Award and Dora Award, Best Leading Actor, "Master Harold"… and the Boys. Online: Check out his new web series on YouTube called Private Idiots. Twitter: @andresills373.
    Amaka Umeh
    Helena, Flute, Moth

    2021: Helena, Flute, Moth in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Elsewhere: Audiobook narration for Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi (ECW Press); Bobbi in Hilda's Yard (Foster Festival); Ensemble in Towards Youth: A Play on Radical Hope (Project:Humanity/Crow's Theatre); 00 in The Wolves (Howland Company/Crow's); Abigail in A Christmas Carol (Grand Theatre); Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare in High Park); Spiker in James and the Giant Peach (Young People's Theatre); Ariel in The Tempest (Hart House Theatre). Training: Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre, Factory Theatre Mechanicals, Toronto Fringe Theatre Entrepreneurs' Network Training, Randolph Academy for Performing Arts. Awards: Dora Award for The Wolves; Toronto Fringe Patron's Pick Award for All Our Yesterdays (AnOther Theatre Company). Et cetera: Thank you to my mighty Mum, dear sisters, sweet friends, far-flung family, amazing mentors, and The Talent House. 

    Micah Woods
    Lysander, Snout, Cobweb

    2021: Lysander, Snout, Cobweb in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Second season. Elsewhere: Taz in Samantha: A Concept Album, Set to Stage (Greenlight Theatre); Slightly in Peter Pan (Bad Hats Theatre); Dido in Dido, Queen of Carthage, directed by Peter Hinton (York University Theatre). Training: Birmingham Conservatory, 2019, 2021 (Stratford Festival); Acting Conservatory, York University, 2018 (BFA); Michael Gordon Shore, Role Development. Online: Instagram: @micah.woods. Et cetera: This is for my family. Thank you for your endless support!

    Bahareh Yaraghi
    Hippolyta, Titania

    2021: Hippolyta, Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Third season. Bahareh was born in Iran and raised in Vancouver, BC, and is a Toronto-based actor. Selected theatre credits: An Ideal Husband, Julius Caesar and The Aeneid (Stratford); A Doll's House, Part 2 (Mirvish/RMTC); Cost of Living (Arts Club/Citadel); Shakespeare in Love (Citadel/RMTC); Unholy, HER2 (Nightwood); Salt-Water Moon (Why Not/Factory); Death of the King, Blood Wedding and Hallaj (Modern Times); Oil, Pomona, Moment and Bea (ARC); Le Placard, Les Zinspirés 2 (Théâtre Français); Kiss (Canadian Stage/Theatre Smash/ARC); Minotaur (YPT); The Kite Runner (Theatre Calgary/Citadel). Bahareh is a six-time Dora Award nominee and a two-time Sterling Award nominee.

    Peter Pasyk
    Director

    2021: Director of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Fifth season. Stratford: Director of Hamlet, 2020 - cancelled due to COVID. Assistant director: Birds of a Kind, School for Scandal, Breath of Kings. Elsewhere: Peter is an acclaimed theatre director who has worked with Canada's leading theatre companies including Tarragon Theatre, Soulpepper, Shaw Festival, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and Canadian Stage. Peter directed the world premières of Jordan Tannahill's Late Company (Theatre Centre), Rosamund Small's Sisters (Soulpepper), and Rosa Laborde's Like Wolves (GCTC). Peter's Dora-nominated productions include The Nether, Killer Joe, Dying City, When the World Was Green and The Jones Boy. Peter also works as a filmmaker in Canada and Poland. Awards: Peter is a two-time Dora Award nominee for Outstanding Direction and a Winnipeg Theatre Award nominee for Outstanding Direction. Et cetera: For Ian Watson.

    Patrick Lavender
    Set Designer

    2021: Set designer of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Second season. Elsewhere: Set, costume, lighting design for Ghost Quartet (Crow's Theatre); set, lighting, sound design for Book of Life (Volcano Theatre/Canadian Stage); lighting design for Café Sarajevo (Bluemouth Inc.); lighting design for Charlotte (Theaturtle); set and lighting design for The Nether (Coal Mine Theatre); lighting design for It Comes in Waves (Bluemouth Inc./Necessary Angel Theatre); set and lighting design for Brave New World (Litmus Theatre/Theatre Passe Muraille); set, costume, lighting design for Late Company (Surface Underground/Why Not Theatre). Awards: Dora Award in Lighting Design for The Nether (Coal Mine); Dora Award in Independent Set Design for Crawlspace (Videofag); Dora Award in Lighting Design for It Comes in Waves (Bluemouth Inc./Necessary Angel); Toronto Theatre Critics Award in Design for The Nether (Coal Mine). Et cetera: Kaitlin, you're the best!

    Lorenzo Savoini
    Costume Designer
    2021: Costume designer of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Eighth season. Stratford: Mother's Daughter - set and costumes; The Front Page - set; Two Gentlemen of Verona - set and lighting; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Timon of Athens, Agamemnon, Electra, Bereav'd of Light, Fellini Radio Plays, Walk Right Up and Shadows - set; The Flies - set and costumes. Elsewhere: Designs for Soulpepper, Pershing Square Theatre (Off-Broadway), Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Joffrey Ballet, Crow's Theatre and regional theatres throughout Canada. His design for Soulpepper's Of Human Bondage was selected to represent Canada at the 2015 Prague Quadrennial. Awards: Dora Awards for lighting design for Julius Caesar (Crow's Theatre); set and projection design for Rose (Soulpepper); set and lighting design for Of Human Bondage (Soulpepper). Et cetera: Lorenzo is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada and is a faculty member of the Soulpepper Academy. Online: lorenzosavoini.com.
    Michael Walton
    Lighting Designer

    2021: Lighting designer of A Midsummer Night's Dream. 17th season. Stratford (selected): Billy Elliot, Little Shop of Horrors, Birds of a Kind, The Rocky Horror Show, The Music Man, The Tempest, Napoli Milionaria!, Guys and Dolls, The School for Scandal, Macbeth, A Chorus Line, Hamlet, The Sound of Music, Oedipus Rex, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello, Fiddler on the Roof, The Matchmaker, Twelfth Night.Elsewhere: Piaf/Deitrich (Mirvish); A Christmas Carol (Theatre Calgary); Così Fan Tutte (Israeli Opera, COC); Il Trittico, Jenufa, Maria Stuarda, Albert Herring (Pacific Opera Victoria); A Doll's House Part 2 (RMTC/Mirvish); The Full Light of Day (Electric Company); Tartuffe (Canadian Stage/Stratford); The Humans (Citadel/Canadian Stage); Enron (NAC); A Word or Two with Christopher Plummer (CTG/Stratford, Los Angeles); Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Sideways (La Jolla Playhouse); Julie, The Other Place, Harper Regan, Venus in Fur (Canadian Stage); Chimerica (RMTC/Canadian Stage). 

    Reza Jacobs
    Composer and Sound Designer
    2021: Music director of and Keyboard for Play On! and composer and sound designer of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Third season. Stratford: Musician for Up Close and Musical; composer, sound designer of Twelfth Night. Elsewhere: Reza is an award-winning composer, sound designer and music director known for his versatility in style and genre. His credits include sound design and composition for the Shaw Festival, Factory Theatre, Tarragon, Passe Muraille, Volcano, Cahoots, YPT, Luminato Festival and Harbourfront's World Stage Festival. He has won Dora Awards for Music Direction for Life After (Musical Stage Company), London Road (Canadian Stage), and Caroline, or Change (MSC). He has played Ted in 2 Pianos 4 Hands, most recently at the NAC, and has toured with Andrea Martin as her music director. His favourite gig of all time is being partner to Stephanie and father to Arabel and Iris. He also wishes to express his gratitude for his agent and friend, Emma Laird.
    Kevin Kruchkywich
    Fight Director
    2021: Fight director of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Fourth season. Stratford: Undiscovered Sonnets; Michael, Moloch in Paradise Lost; Sir Thomas Cromwell and Bishop of Lincoln in Henry VIII. Elsewhere: 12 Angry Men, Death of a Salesman (Drayton Entertainment); The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, Henry V (Bard on the Beach); Romeo and Juliet, The Glass Menagerie, Rough Crossing (Theatre Calgary); Death of a Salesman, The Wars (Playhouse); The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Red Priest (Globe Theatre); Hedda Gabler (Persephone); The Secret Annex, The Philadelphia Story (MTC); A Christmas Carol, The Drawer Boy, Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Belfry Theatre); Wit, Aberhart Summer, Respectable, that elusive spark (ATP); Boeing Boeing, The School for Scandal (Arts Club); The Woman in Black (CTF); Guys and Dolls (Gateway Theatre); Macbeth (theatre nomad - England/South Africa tour); Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) (BeMe Theatre - Munich, Germany).
    Stephen Cota
    Choreographer
    2021: Choreographer of A Midsummer Night's Dream. 16th season. Stratford: Choreographer: Romeo and Juliet, The Madwoman of Chaillot, The Hypochondriac, Cynthia Dale in Concert: Outside Looking In. Assistant director: Chicago, Little Shop of Horrors, The Rocky Horror Show. Associate choreographer: Chicago, Here's What It Takes, Billy Elliot, Little Shop of Horrors, The Music Man, The Rocky Horror Show, Guys and Dolls. Assistant choreographer: A Chorus Line, The Sound of Music. Crazy for You, Man of La Mancha, Tommy, Fiddler on the Roof (2013, 2000), 42nd Street, The Pirates of Penzance, Kiss Me, Kate, Evita, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, West Side Story, The Music Man, Moby Dick, Oklahoma!, My One and Only, Oliver!, South Pacific. Elsewhere: Choreographer, Mary Poppins (The Grand); assistant choreographer, West Side Story (Vancouver Opera); White Christmas, Annie (Drayton); Mel Brooks's The Producers (Canon Theatre).
    Marie Farsi
    Assistant Director

    2021: Assistant director of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Third season. Elsewhere: Marie works between Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. She has directed for and collaborated with companies from across the country such as Crow's Theatre, Théâtre La Seizième, Neworld, Necessary Angel, Bard on the Beach, Rumble Theatre and Porte-Parole. Since 2018, she has been the Associate Artistic Director at Crow's Theatre. Training: Concordia University; Michael Langham Workshop. Awards: Dora Award for Outstanding Direction in the Musical Theatre division and Toronto Theatre Critics' Award for Best Director of a Musical for Ghost Quartet; 2019 Ray Michal Award for Outstanding Body of Work by an Emerging Director; Patron's Pick and Best of Fringe Awards at the 2019 Toronto Fringe for The Huns; Artistic Risk Award at the Vancouver Fringe 2018 for Surveil. Online: mariefarsi.com.

    Marie Fewer-Muncic
    Stage Manager
    2021: Stage manager of A Midsummer Night's Dream. 15th season. Stratford: Production stage manager: Studio Theatre (2018, 2019). Stage manager: Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet (2017), Bunny, Possible Worlds, Hirsch. Assistant stage manager: Tartuffe, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Evita, Kiss Me, Kate, Macbeth, Rice Boy, Romeo and Juliet (2008), Caesar and Cleopatra, My One and Only, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Duchess of Malfi, The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead. Apprentice stage manager: Noises Off. Elsewhere: Theatre Sheridan, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Erindale, Theatre Direct Canada/Eldritch Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille/Obsidian Theatre Company, Bluewater Summer Playhouse, Charlottetown Festival. Training: Sheridan College. Et cetera: I am so honoured to be a part of this season's world without walls. Enjoy the show!
    Judy Farthing
    Assistant Stage Manager
    2021: Assistant stage manager of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Seventh season. Stratford: Stage manager of Othello, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Changeling, Breath of Kings: Redemption and Oedipus Rex; assistant stage manager of The Merry Wives of Windsor. Most recently: Stage manager of The Runner with Human Cargo. Elsewhere: 17 seasons with the Shaw Festival, production stage manager from 2003 to 2011. Favourite productions with the Shaw Festival include My Fair Lady, Gypsy, You Can't Take It With You, Detective Story, All My Sons, Chaplin, The Madras House, Man and Superman, Peter Pan and Lady Windermere's Fan. Productions with The Grand Theatre, Drayton Entertainment, Canadian Stage, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Mirvish Productions, National Arts Centre, Blyth Festival, Factory Theatre, Tarragon Theatre.
    Lily Cardiff
    Apprentice Stage Manager

    2021: Apprentice stage manager of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Second season. Elsewhere: Stage manager of Adam's Unplugged Puppet Party (The Pucking Fuppets Co.), This Is How We Live (Frantic Assembly and Ryerson School of Performance), Equinox and Goose … Please Pay Attention! (New Voices Festival), The '94 Club (Crave Productions), The Women (Ryerson School of Performance), Folks Like Us and Miss Michael: In Conversation with Michael Learned (The Victoria Playhouse Petrolia). Apprentice stage manager of Come Down from Up River (Theatre Orangeville) and Driving Miss Daisy (The Victoria Playhouse Petrolia). Training: BFA with Honours in Performance Production and Design, Ryerson School of Performance. Et cetera: Lily is so proud to be joining the team at the Stratford Festival, and would like to thank her family, friends, and professors for all their love and support!

    Meghan Callan
    Production Stage Manager
    2021: Production stage manager of the Tom Patterson Theatre Canopy. 21st season. Stratford: In Meghan's 20 seasons she has served as production stage manager at all of the Festival's stages. Some of her favourite productions have been Paradise Lost, A Midsummer Night's Dream (2014), The Tempest (2010), A Little Night Music, Jesus Christ Superstar and Tommy. Training: Meghan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Production from York University. Elsewhere: Meghan has most recently stage-managed The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia and The Virgin Trial at Soulpepper Theatre. She has worked at the National Arts Centre, Citadel Theatre, toured New Brunswick (twice), and stage-managed car and industrial trade shows and concerts. Not since her beginnings as a stage manager at Canada's Wonderland has she worked in an outdoor theatre under a canopy and she's grateful to be back.
    Elizabeth McDermott
    Production Stage Manager

    2021: Production stage manager of the Tom Patterson Theatre Canopy. Eighth season. Stratford: Production stage manager, Festival Theatre, 2020. Assistant stage manager: Billy Elliot, Othello, The Music Man, To Kill a Mockingbird, Shakespeare in Love, The Hypochondriac, The Sound of Music, The Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, As You Like It, King of Thieves. Elsewhere (selected): King Lear, Twelfth Night (SiHP); A City, Divisadero (Necessary Angel); Cracked: new light on dementia (UW/Collective Disruption); Comfort (Red Snow Collective); The Road to Paradise, Night (Human Cargo); Miracle on 34th Street (STC); Bella (HGJTC); Anne of Green Gables, Canada Rocks! (Charlottetown); Falling: A Wake (Blyth); The Barber of Seville (Soulpepper); Binti's Journey, Head à Tête, Old Man and the River (Theatre Direct); Danny, King of the Basement (Roseneath); Othello, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, All's Well That Ends Well (SLSF).

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