Audiobook: Midsummer Night's Dream

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Midsummer Night's Dream

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Magic, fairies, young lovers chasing each other through a forest, a man with a donkey's head, and impish Puck wreaking havoc right and left. What's going on here? It's _A Midsummer Night's Dream_, Shakespeare at his most fanciful. The play opens with Theseus, Duke of Athens, preparing for his wedding. Egeus complains to Theseus that his daughter Hermia refuses to marry Demetrius. When Hermia is given the choice between marriage to Demetrius or life as a nun, she and her true love Lysander flee into the forest. Demetrius follows them; and Helena, who loves Demetrius, follows _him_. Also in the forest are Oberon and Titania, king and queen of the fairies, at odds with one another. At Oberon's behest, Puck causes Demetrius to fall in love with Helena -- oops, he missed, that was Lysander instead. Mayhem ensues. In the meantime, a group of bumbling craftsmen rehearses a play. Puck gives one of them, Bottom, the head of an ass and makes Titania fall in love with him. Further hilarity results as Bottom sees nothing at all odd about this. Eventually everything is straightened out, Bottom and the rest "perform" their play, there is a triple wedding, and Puck assures us the whole thing has been a dream. Number of quotes you know: 5 (what fools these mortals be). Useful insults: 19. (Summary by Laurie Anne Walden) **Cast:** Theseus, Duke of Athens – [Mark F. Smith]( Egeus, father to Hermia; and Snout, a tinker – [John Lieder]( Lysander, in love with Hermia – [mb]( Demetrius, in love with Hermia – [David O'Connell]( Philostrate, master of the revels – [Philippa]( Quince, a carpenter – [Brian Edwards]( Snug, a joiner – [Elizabeth Klett]( Bottom, a weaver – [Simon Taylor]( Flute, a bellows-mender – [David Nicol]( Starveling, a tailor – [Jessica Miller]( Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons – [Cori Samuel]( Hermia, daughter to Egeus, in love with Lysander – [Laurie Anne Walden]( Helena, in love with Demetrius – [Rosalind Wills]( Oberon, king of the fairies – [Fr. Richard Zeile of Detroit]( Titania, queen of the fairies – [Deborah Irving]( Puck, or Robin Goodfellow – [Karen Savage]( Peaseblossom – [Larysa Jaworski]( Cobweb – [Charlene V. Smith]( Moth – [Alana Jordan]( Mustardseed – [Jamie Ash Young]( Stage directions – [Paul Williams](< Fairy song composed and performed by [Rosalind Wills](; performed by [Rosalind Wills]( and [Larysa Jaworski]( Audio edited by Cori Samuel and Laurie Anne Walden
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