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A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies, has been called “enchanting” and “lyrical.” We all know that it is the comedy with a cast list that includes fairies and a character (Nick Bottom, a weaver) who awakes from a sleep to find himself wearing a donkey’s head. But what else should we know before we see a performance? 

This one-hour course is intended as a very brief introduction to the play in advance of the production by Shakespeare in the Square on April 13 th and 14 th at the Palace Theater. In something of a whirlwind tour we will review the plot of this complex drama, along with some current critical approaches to the text, and I will offer a few production notes from recent performances. Also, we will try to save some time for questions from those who are reading the play for the first, or the tenth time. 

Bring any paperback copy that you might have sitting around; or, if you want to acquire a new copy of the very approachable and budget-conscious Folger edition, the Colgate Bookstore should have some in stock after Monday, March 19 th.

Facilitator: Susan P. Cerasano- Edgar W.B. Fairchild Professor of Literature, Colgate University

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