Perhaps the theatre’s first “fairy tale”, Shakespeare’s lyrical comedy weaves together a trio of stories set in a magical wood. During the course of a moonlit evening, four young lovers escape to the forest on a fantastic adventure, changing them forever.

“charming” “Midsummer’s magic”Classical Voice of North Carolina

“sweep[s] away all previous notions of Midsummer”The News & Observer


Oct 18 2014

About The Bard

William Shakespeare’s origins are obscure but the little evidence that we have suggests that he was christened in Stratford-on-Avon, April 26, 1564...

Dec 4 2014

A Conversation with A Midsummer Night's Dream's Ray Dooley and Zachary Fine

We sat in on a lively conversation between veteran company member Ray Dooley, featured in our previous post, and PlayMakers newcomer Zachary Fine. They are both starring in our current production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, onstage through Dec 7. (Buy Tickets Here) Read below to see what they have to say about the production and… Read more »

Dec 2 2014

A Midsummer Night's Dream's Ray Dooley

If you’ve been with us before, then you likely already know Ray Dooley‘s work. This season marks Ray’s 25th anniversary as a company member of PlayMakers...

Oct 31 2014

Introducing Shana Cooper

Shana Cooper makes her PlayMakers’ directorial debut with A Midsummer Night’s Dream...

Oct 30 2014

Creating Lighting Designs

Theater design of all types often begins by thinking about metaphors. As designers we try to get to the heart of what the playwright is saying...

Oct 16 2014

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": Part 2

The critic Northrup Frye in “The Mythos of Spring” forcefully articulated this contrast between imagination and authority. Frye points out...

Oct 15 2014

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": Part 1

Both James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream trade upon the familiar...

Mar 12 2014

More On What We Have In Store Next Season

We are excited to open the Mainstage Season with the brilliant new comedy by Christopher Durang, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Three siblings collide...


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The Daily Tar Heel
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Triangle Arts & Entertainment
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November 8, 2014
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November 10, 2014



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November 12, 2014
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Hosted by D. G. Martin
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November 1, 2014

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The Herald Sun
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Triangle Arts & Entertainment
November 4, 2014
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October 31, 2014
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