A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a wild romp where misrule is king and all bets are off! There were 2 days a year when Elizabethans were allowed to go wild, and the summer solstice was one of those. This play is the first time that Shakespeare plays with the idea that if we take the tightly corseted and regulated Brits and set them loose in the forest they might show their true colors… and maybe even learn a thing or two about their own true natures in the process. The forest was a transformative place. No one comes back quite the same after spending a night under the stars. Try it. OK, he sets it in Athens, but that’s a thin charade. We know what he meant.
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