A Midsummer Night's Dream

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Aaron Posner
January 26 – March 13, 2016
Folger Theatre

Extended through March 13!

"Lord, what fools these mortals be!”

It is easy to lose yourself in the enchanted woods of Shakespeare’s timeless romantic tale. This magical comedy of tangled lovers, mischievous fairies—and a band of players to boot—is given a fresh, new staging by Aaron Posner, with DC favorites Holly Twyford as Bottom and Erin Weaver as Puck. This captivating A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a musical celebration of the follies and foibles of human beings—and not to be missed.
Learn more about A Midsummer Night's Dream on the Folger Spotlight.

Download a free copy of A Midsummer Night's Dream on Folger Digital Texts.
Listen to Midsummer Director Aaron Posner share his thoughts on the production and the cast in this excerpt from his Stage Director's Talk:

Approximate run time is 2 hours and 30 minutes including an intermission. Children under the age of four are not permitted in the theater.

Special Performances

Free Folger Fridays

Join us on Fridays for free pre-show talks in the theatre.
Tuesday January 26, 7:30pm
Tickets available beginning at 5pm at the box office window; limit one ticket per person.
Thursday January 28, 6:30pm
Join us for a discussion with A Midsummer Night's Dream Director, Aaron Posner.
Tickets are $20.
Folger Friday: Crime Writers on Shakespeare
Friday February 5, 6pm
Join authors James DeVita and Quintin Peterson in conversation about their Shakespeare-inspired novels A Winsome Murder and Guarding Shakespeare
Friday February 5, 8pm
Tickets are $15 with valid student ID.
Wednesday February 10, 6:30pm
A scholarly, insightful discussion of the play with Folger Director Michael Witmore. Includes light fare reception. 
Tickets are $20.
Friday February 12, 6pm
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Folger Curator and Archivist Heather Wolfe leads a small group workshop on crafting Renaissance love letters.
Free. Reservations required.
Wednesday February 17, 6:30pm
Join the Folger's Georgianna Ziegler for a discussion on the Shakespeare, Life of an Icon exhibition on display in the Great Hall.
Tickets are $20.
Thursday February 18, following the 7:30pm performance.
Join members of the cast for a post-show discussion moderated by Resident Dramaturg, Michele Osherow.
Folger Friday: Ken Ludwig on A Midsummer Night’s Dream 
Friday February 19, 6pm
Join acclaimed playwright and Folger Board Member Ken Ludwig as he shares his insights on what makes the play an endlessly adaptable source of mischief and joy for audiences of all ages and all times.
Thursday February 25, 6:30pm
Join our young patrons for a pre-performance discussion with A Midsummer Night's Dream cast members Desmond Bing (Demetrius) and Adam Wesley Brown (Lysander). A beer reception with light fare is included. 
Tickets are $15.
Free Folger Friday: Shakespeare Documented 
Friday February 26, 6pm
Learn about the groundbreaking Shakespeare Documented online exhibition with Director of Digital Access Eric Johnson.
Sunday February 28, 2pm
Call the box office at (202) 544-7077 for details.
Folger Theatre's open-captioned performances are generously sponsored by Vinton and Sigrid Cerf.
Free Folger Friday:  Shakespeare and Sir Thomas More
Friday March 4, 6pm
Local director Dr. Cassie Ash explores Shakespeare’s connection to the manuscript of the play Sir Thomas More, featured in the Folger exhibition Shakespeare, Life of an Icon.
Friday March 11, 5pm
A free reading of a hilarious new play, The Tragical Comedy of Thyramus and Pisbee by Eric Hissom (Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Directed by Gus Heagerty and featuring the author along with actors Adam Wesley Brown (Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Tom Story, and Rachel Zampelli. Talk-back to follow.


Season Sponsors:
Helen and David Kenney and Family
Neal T. Turtell 
Production Sponsors:
Nicky Cymrot
Susan Sachs Goldman
John and Connie McGuire
Contributing Sponsors:
Roger and Robin Millay
David and Liz Steinglass
Associate Sponsors:
Howard M. Brown
Rick Kasten
Pam McFarland and Brian Hagenbuch
Scott and Liz Vance
Artist Sponsors:
Karl K. and Carrol Benner Kindel
Media Sponsor:
Maryland Public Television
Folger Theatre's production is part of Shakespeare in American Communities,
a national program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
















Who's Who

Magic Consultant
Peter Quince
Francis Flute
Scenic Design
Costume Design
Lighting Design
Sound Design
Original Music
Resident Dramaturg
New York Casting
Production Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager