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

Folger Theatre is back in person, and we are preparing to see you soon.

We are busy creating the magical world of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and building a theater from the ground up inside the soaring atrium of the National Building Museum.

This once-in-a-lifetime production is full of yearning young lovers, mischievous fairies, and bumbling amateur actors colliding beneath the glowing moon.  You will be swept away by 90-minutes of sheer delight and romance.

You’ll want to experience at least twice!

Make a plan to visit The Playhouse at the National Building Museum before the show (or make a day of it) and explore a wide variety of activities created specially to enhance your experience.

There is a 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.

There’s also an illustrative narration of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and costume displays and descriptions.

There are sword fighting demonstrations, scavenger hunts, guided backstage tours showing the art and mystery of stagecraft, and 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.


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

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

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
Neal T. Turtell

Production Sponsors
Nancy and Steve Howard
Robin and Roger Millay

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