Free Shakespeare Play At Willows Mansion

The Wayne Art Center is partnering with Radnor Township and Tudor Theatrical Productions to

present Shakespeare’s

A Midsummer Night's Dream

at the Willows Mansion in Radnor.

This event is free and open to the public.

 

Synopsis Of the Play


Theseus (the Duke of Athens) announces he will marry Hippolyta, the queen of the Amazons in four days. He hears Egeus' complaint that his daughter Hermia refuses to marry his chosen suitor, Demetrius, since she's in love with Lysander, who Egeus dislikes. Theseus declares Hermia must marry Demetrius, or choose between death or joining a nunnery. Lysander instructs Hermia to flee to the forest with him, so that they can travel to his aunt's house to marry. Hermia's friend, Helena, learns of this and decides to inform Demetrius, whom she likes (and has slept with). Demetrius, though, loves Hermia. Helena hopes they will all meet in the forest. Meanwhile, Quince, Bottom, Flute, Starveling, Snug, and Snout organize a play to be performed at Theseus' wedding.

In the forest, Oberon (the King of the Fairies) argues with Titania (the Fairy Queen) that he should have her orphan child as his page. Titania objects, asserting she is queen. The bicker that Oberon loves Hippolyta and Titania loves Theseus. To obtain the boy, Oberon orders the fairy Puck (aka Robin Goodfellow) to obtain a flower from Cupid that causes on to love the first person a person sees. Oberon plans to give it to Titania, so she'll love a vile thing and give him the child. Demetrius and Helena appear, Helena pursuing him, and he fleeing her. Puck arrives with the flower, and Oberon orders Puck to anoint Demetrius with it so he'll love Helena rather than Hermia. Oberon then anoints Titania with the flower. In the forest, Lysander and Hermia lie down to rest. Puck, thinking Lysander is Demetrius, anoints him with the flower. Helena appears and awakes Lysander, who immediately falls in love with her.

In the forest, the troupe of players discuss the logistics of their play. Puck appears and transforms Bottom to have an ass' (donkey's) head. The actors flee, but Titania awakes and falls in love with Bottom and orders her fairy servants to attend to him. Puck observes that Demetrius chases Hermia, yet she accuses him of murdering Lysander, and realizes he gave the flower to the wrong man. Oberon tries to remedy this by anointing Lysander with the flower so he'll fall in love with Helena, and he does. However, now both men love Helena, while she believes both are false. Hermia arrives and Helena accuses her of conspiring with the men to tease her. Oberon, realizing Puck has caused these problems, orders him to make a thick fog to separate the four people and force them into a deep sleep, so the spell can wear off.

Oberon awakes Titania and transforms Bottom back to a human. Oberon and Titania then make up and love each other again. In the woods, Theseus, Hippolyta, and Egeus appear and awake the four. Demetrius and Lysander inform the men of their love for Helena and Hermia (respectively). The lords agree to let them marry. Separately, Bottom awakes and remember's the night's occurrences.

At dinner, they all hear Quince's ten word, tedious, brief, tragical play. In it, Thisby (played by Flute) and Pyramus (played by Bottom) whisper their love through a chink in a wall (played by Snout). They vow to meet at Ninny's tomb, but a lion (played by Snug) attacks Thisby. Pyramus arrives and finds her scarf, assumes she's dead, and kills himself Thisby arrives to find him dead, and kills herself. After the play, at midnight, all go to bed, then the fairies appear and frolic.

The show runs approximately 75 minutes, and will feature live music.

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  • Charles K.

    This would of been a great event to have had singles that could mingle or meet, I guess I had it all wrong.

    July 19, 2013

    • Judy B.

      Yes I do agree in that as

      July 20, 2013

    • Jonnathan

      Charles : Please post a clear photo of yourself

      1 · July 22, 2013

  • Barbara

    great setting for a play out of doors. Mother Nature even offered a light show during the performance. It was fun and well albeit the heat - the hand fan was a nice touch!

    July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was beautiful. A play in the park just made it so much more special. The actors were great. It was fun, whimsical, romantic, and very very enjoyable.

    July 20, 2013

  • Judy B.

    Yes I do agree in that aspect..

    July 20, 2013

  • Judy B.

    Great fun on a hot humid eve

    July 19, 2013

  • Dawn

    Sorry way too hot out

    July 19, 2013

  • steph j.

    My carpool ride hasnt emailed me back , so i will not be able to make it : (

    July 19, 2013

  • steph j.

    Any carpooling going on with this one? I could meet someone at Plymouth Mall before i get on 476

    July 14, 2013

    • steph j.

      Hi greg, i was going to join a carpool from Jen, but she no longer is responding to emails about meeting her off of 476. I am just passed Chestnut Hill, if you are offering a ride. I guess we could leave at 5:30?

      July 19, 2013

    • Greg

      Steph: your phone no. was not accessible. I am just home in the Hill, call me at 2 one 5 two 4 eight 2 eight 5 zero, not on my cell.

      July 19, 2013

  • Karen

    too hot for me, have fun

    July 19, 2013

  • Kim B. W.

    Due to the weather, I will not be attending tonight. See you at the next event.

    Kim B. Wells

    July 19, 2013

  • Ken

    thankfully the weather will be cool tonight. :-)

    July 19, 2013

  • Donna

    Too hot

    July 19, 2013

  • Barbara

    guest is a maybe for now

    July 19, 2013

  • Jonnathan

    Well its tonight .. I would suggest bringing something to eat and drink .. Picnic style. Bug spray would also be a good idea. Blankets are great , but chairs are welcome .. just please put chairs behind blankets. We have 100 people .. look for White Polo with SPEA logo on it and Yellow Balloons

    July 19, 2013

  • Beth D.

    Is this an outdoor production? If so, can we bring chairs?

    July 19, 2013

    • Jonnathan

      Yes you may bring chairs , however you need to sit behind people on blankets

      July 19, 2013

  • Greg

    Anyone travelling from Chestnut Hill area?

    July 18, 2013

  • steph j.

    No tix necessary, Pam : )

    July 18, 2013

  • Lataraini

    Sorry I can't make this. Have a great time.

    July 18, 2013

  • Jonnathan

    We will have yellow balloons .. I will have a SPEA shirt on . If there is room we will put up a banner ...

    There is NO Entrance .. It walk up and sit down .. so look for the balloons

    July 18, 2013

  • Judy B.

    I am not sure where we are meeting either,

    July 18, 2013

  • Judy B.

    Kath I am over 50 too...absolutely come! Looking forward to meeting you there.

    July 17, 2013

  • steph j.

    oh thanks Jen!
    Meeting you then right off of the exit sounds good : )

    July 14, 2013

  • John

    I might be able to make this, looks like a fun group.

    July 3, 2013

  • Eileen

    Sorry, have to bow out. This sounds like a good time.

    July 3, 2013

  • Dawn

    Can't wait it will be my first meet up!

    July 1, 2013

  • Barbara

    I love live theatre! This is great since it doesn't cost anything! Can they accomodate all these people?

    June 22, 2013

  • foziya

    looking forward to seeing the play and meeting the group:)

    June 8, 2013

  • Locksofapoet S.

    Hello all and thank you for this really amazing group.

    May 21, 2013

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