Austin Shakespeare presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Austin Shakespeare’s Free Shakespeare in Zilker Park returns to offer the romantic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The colorful outdoor story of young lovers made crazy by fairy tinkering is a family favorite. This professional production is made possible in collaboration with City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Most of the cast of experienced actors were selected from open auditions. The zany comics are known as the “mechanicals:” Quince, the workman/director for the bizarre “play within the play” is Bennie Braswell, Snug the Lion’s part is River Ramos; Snout/Wall is Trace Turner; Flute/Thisby is Coltrane Conklin, Starveling/Moonshine is Meg Hobgood. They are all led by the hilarious Bottom, Gwendolyn Kelso, who gets transformed into a donkey.

The glorious Queen of the Fairies played by Kate Glasheen* is “charmed” to fall in love with the donkey-headed Bottom. Her husband is Oberon, the fantastical King of the Fairies, played by Gabriel Diehl. His henchman is the mischievous acrobatic Puck, played by Henry DelBello. Winged fairies include Amani Alexander as Peaseblossom, and Danielle Kaigler as Cobweb.

The bewitched lovers are played by Dane Parker (Lysander) and Max Green (Demetrius), and their confused beloveds are Helyn Rain Messenger (Helena) and Eliza Renner (Hermia).

All is overseen by the legendary hero, Theseus, played by Charles Gross, and his conquest Hippolyta is Emily Green. In another gender swap, Milaka Falk is the forceful parent Egeus who starts it all.

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Zilker Hillside Theater
2206 William Barton Dr.
Austin, TX 78701

Ticket Info

Admission is free.