A Midsummer Night’s Dream

We have a father who wants to put his daughter to death for loving a young man whom dad did not choose, the squabble of a fairy king and queen over a changeling child that causes chaos in the human world, and some village actors who just want to be on stage. They all intertwine in a moonlit night in a magical forest. “Lord, what fools these mortals be."

A detailed synopsis is on Wikipedia.

For those of you who provide readers' parts a scene at a time, this Character Chart shows all the characters' lines in each scene: A Midsummer Night's Dream

If your group reads the plays straight through in one sitting and you want to divide up the parts, we have a number of “cast” lists already divided up for you. These are text files that you can edit to suit your group. We always recommend in a straight-through read that each participant take a moment beforehand to mark their parts—then everything proceeds so smoothly.

The Internet Shakespeare Editions from the University of Victoria has some short articles about pertinent topics in this play. This is one of only three plots that Shakespeare made up instead of re-purposing another plot.

 

Our ISC Readers' Edition:
This is an audio recording of the play by professional actors with sound effects:
A Midsummer Night's Dream: Arkangel Shakespeare
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By William Shakespeare

This is a pretty good version of the play.
Midsummer Night's Dream, A
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Starring Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Everett, Stanley Tucci, Calista Flockhart

Watch for Julie Taymor's Midsummer Night's Dream on DVD soon.