Two thumbs up for Mauckingbird's revamped queer "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
“Nay, faith, let me not play a woman; I have a beard coming.” - Flute
Last night, I got to check out the opening of Mauckingbird Theatre Company’s gender-bent mash-up of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I’ve been working on publicity for the play here at Canary for the last few months and I have to say, even with all my insider info, I had no idea what to expect. I simply had a blast. The show was: Fast. Funny. Insightful. Sexy. Nerdy. Modern. Trippy. I could go on…
The talented cast, a diverse mix of professional actors and down right amazing students from Temple University’s Department of Theater, had the SOLD OUT crowd in hysterics. You truly have never seen A Midsummer Night’s Dream like this. I urge you to go. So does Philadelphia Inquirer theater critic Toby Zinman. Check out what she tweeted after the show below!
Mauckingbird’s queer Midsummer is for everyone. From the pop culture lover to Bard aficionados, gays and straights, young and old. I was talking with a friend after the show about how GLBTQ youth in particular would just fall over getting to see such an amazing, all-inclusive production like this. So spread the word…
Check out a few photos from the production after the jump and view a video interview with the play’s actors below.
The mixed up lovers: Erin Mulgrew as Hermia and Emily Letts as Lysander with Sean Gibson as Demetrius and Patrick Joyce as Helena
The ruckus Mechanicals: David Quinn as Francis Flute, Danielle Pinnock as Nick Bottom, Stephanie Cryor as Peter Quince
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