A Midsummer Night's Dream

At The Playhouse at the National Building Museum

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Victor Malana Maog
July 12 – August 28, 2022
National Building Museum
Tickets starting at $20

We invite you to shake up your summer with Shakespeare’s most magical comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream live on stage! The Folger is building a theater from the ground up inside the majestic Great Hall of DC’s National Building Museum.

Be swept away by the romantic delight and enchantment of this 90-minute, wonder-filled production.

The Playhouse

Enter the Dream inside The Playhouse at the National Building Museum both day or night and take part in a variety of activities for the whole family – and experience everyone’s favorite Shakespeare as you have never seen before!

  • Life-sized immersive installation based on Joanna Robson’s pop-up book A Knavish Lad, which is a part of the Folger Shakespeare Library collection
  • Illustrative narration of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Costume displays
  • Face-painting and Storytime and Activity
  • Scavenger hunts
  • Shakespeare Mad Libs
  • Guided Backstage Tours showing the art and mystery of stagecraft
  • Opportunities to get on stage and act Shakespeare’s words

Design an Elizabethan city using found objects, build your own Shakespeare’s Globe-styled theater, learn about the intricacies of The Playhouse’s construction, and so much more.

Watch the time-lapse of our stage coming to life courtesy of EarthCam.



Performance location: The National Building Museum, 401 F St NW

Nearest Metro station: Judiciary Square (Red Line)

Read the play

Visit Folger Shakespeare to view a detailed synopsis and read the Folger Shakespeare edition of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Health and safety

For complete health and safety protocols, please visit folger.edu/covid-19-safety-protocols.

Who's Who

Theseus and Oberon
Puck and Egeus
Hippolyta and Titania
Peter Quince
Production Design
Festival Stage Design
Costume Design
Lighting Design
Sound Design and Original Music
Intimacy Choreographer
Fight Choreographer
Resident Dramaturg
Additional Casting
Production Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager

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Rendering by Tony Cisek.

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Rendering by Tony Cisek.


Cerra Cardwell
u/s Peter Quince and Philostrate

Jordan Essex
u/s Bottom


Izzy Gholl
u/s Helena and Hermia


Brit Herring
u/s Oberon and Theseus


Brooke Kemph
u/s Flute, Snout, and Snug


Shinji Elspeth Oh
u/s Starveling


Sabrina Sawyer
u/s Puck and Egeus


Khalid Taylor
u/s Lysander and Demetrius


Kathryn Zoerb
u/s Titania and Hippolyta





Produced in association with the National Building Museum and the University of South Carolina.






With special thanks to:
Share Fund

Season Sponsors
Maygene and Steve Daniels
Helen and David Kenney and Family
The late Neal T. Turtell

Production Sponsors
Nancy and Steve Howard
Robin and Roger Millay

Contributing Sponsors
Louis and Bonnie Cohen
Denise Gwyn Ferguson

Associate Sponsors
Timothy J. Carlton
Dr. David E. Johnson and Ms. Wendy Frieman
Peter and Mary Jay Michel
Gail Kern Paster