Apollinaire Theatre Company presents
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
by William Shakespeare
Apollinaire in the Park 2018 • July 11-29, Wed.-Sun. at 7:30 • FREE
PORT Park, 99 Marginal Street, on the Chelsea Waterfront
Free parking is available on site.
In case of rain, call (617) 887-2336 to check status.
Audience members are encouraged to bring blankets and beach chairs, a picnic to enjoy along with the
harbor views, and walking shoes for the 2 moves during the performance.
— Known for its comedy, magic, and romance, Midsummer has a disturbing dark side too. The play kicks off
with an engagement forged in war, a father threatening death to his daughter, and an escape into the woods
where the environment has been decimated by the force of a fairy feud.
«And thorough this distemperature we see
The seasons alter… and the mazed world,
By their increase, now knows not which is which”
In these times of environmental destruction and climate change, it’s striking to see these concerns front
and center in Midsummer. Only by setting aside their pride and desire to dominate can the
inhabitants of the world of Midsummer (fairies and mortals both) create harmony and rebuild the
world they want to live in.
The play begins and ends in the court of Athens, with those scenes staged in the park’s lush green waterfront
“amphitheater,” but as the lovers flee the unjust justice of the court, they enter into a world destroyed by
wind and flood where only salt remains.
This now barren landscape is being created by artist Marc Poirier as an extension of the massive salt piles
looming next to the harbor below the Tobin Bridge. Timbers salvaged from the Hingham Naval Shipyard form a crib structure
filled with salt to create this haunting world.
— Featuring: Benjamin Finn, Brooks Reeves, Cassie Foote, David Picariello, Demetrius Fuller, Erik P. Kraft, Joey C. Pelletier,
John Manning, Jon Vellante, Kelly Young, Michael John Ciszewski, Olivia Z. Cote, Rydia Q. Vielehr, Samuel Warton, Tony Dangerfield,
with Fernando Barbosa, Jaime Hernandez, Katie Duncan, Tatiana Pless, and Victoria Leigh Isotti as the fairies.
Directed by: Danielle Fauteux Jacques
AD: Brooks Reeves
Fight Director: Samuel Warton
Stage Manager/ASM: Kayla Heal, Maurine Heberden
Scenic Design: Marc Poirier
Costume Design: Susan Paino
Lighting Design: Christopher Bocchiaro
Sound Design & Original Music: David Reiffel
Properties: Paul Benford-Bruce
Costume Assistant: Alicia Abate
Lighting & Sound Assistant: Ellen Kessler
House Manager: Luella Fitzgerald, Eli Calderon
Running Time apx. 2 hours with 2 short intermissions to change location.
Sponsored by the City of Chelsea, Eastern Salt, Longleaf Lumber, TD Bank, Massport, Weichert Realtors, the Chelsea Cultural Council, East Cambridge Savings Bank, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and our generous Donors and Sponsors.