Act Three: Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

Act Three, Scene One of A Midsummer Night’s Dream takes us to … well, nowhere since we’re still in the woods.  In the Quarto edition (without Act and Scene divisions), there is no break between these two scenes: Titania is still asleep nearby onstage, and the “clowns,” our working-class “actors” enter, ready to begin their rehearsal.
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Podcast 39: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Intro

This week’s podcast kicks off our month-long discussion of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, including a few introductory thoughts, a plot synopsis of the first half of the play, a preview of the month’s podcasts to come, and our usual recap of this week’s blog entries.
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Act Two: Meet the Fairies, and Enter the Lovers

Act Two, Scene One of A Midsummer Night’s Dream takes us into the woods outside Athens, tomorrow night.

well, tonight… you know, yesterday’s tomorrow night…

And where yesterday’s Act One was filled with humans–the Athenian rulers, the aristocratic lovers, and the working-class actors–Act Two begins with a Fairy entering from one side of the stage, and Robin Goodfellow at the other.  Who is Robin Goodfellow?  Puck.
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Act One: Meet the Mortals

Act One, Scene One of A Midsummer Night’s Dream takes place in the Duke’s palace in Athens.  The Duke Theseus enters with his fiancée Hippolyta, the Philostrate (defined in the cast of characters as “Master of the Revels in the court”), and assorted others.  Theseus tells Hippolyta that only “four happy days” (I.i.2) stand between now and their “nuptial hour” (I.i.1).  He is impatient, but she says that their marriage will come quickly, as “four nights will quickly dream away the time” (I.i.8).

less than ten lines in, and already the concept of the dream is introduced…

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Time to Dream

April, with apologies to Eliot, is NOT the cruelest month this year.  Nope, not with A Midsummer Night’s Dream on tap.

Time for fun, love, comedy, mistaken love/identities, and wacky humor.

We’ve created a MND playlist on our Bill/Shakespeare Project youtube channel…
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