A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

September 7 – October 8

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Darko Tresnjak

Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
including 1 intermission.

Recommended Ages: 12+

“Both populist and sophisticated, delightful and profound, Midsummer is a play of infinite riches. I believe that it is Shakespeare’s most perfect play.” —Darko Tresnjak

Shakespeare’s beloved comedy captivates with the intertwined stories of six bumbling actors; four lovestruck teenagers; one royal wedding; and the infinite magical realm of the fairies.

Previous Shakespeare Productions

The Comedy of Errors

Twelfth Night

Romeo and Juliet Trailer

Hamlet - Praying

The Tempest



Darko Tresnjak

Set Design
Alexander Dodge

Costume Design
Joshua Pearson

Lighting Design
York Kennedy

Sound Design
Broken Chord

Composer and Music Director
Alexander Sovronsky

Fight Choreographer
Thomas Schall

Voice and Text Coach
Claudia Hill-Sparks

Elizabeth Williamson

Casting Director
Laura Stanczyk
Casting, CSA

Production Stage Manager
Robyn M. Zalewski

Assistant Stage Manager
Nicole Wiegert


Will Apicella

Brent Bateman

Robert Hannon Davis
Peter Quince/Egeus

Fedna Laure Jacquet

John Lavelle
Nick Bottom

Jenny Leona

Matthew Macca
Francis Flute

Anne O’ Sullivan
First Fairy

Tom Pecinka

Esau Pritchett

Alexander Sovronsky
Robin Starveling

Scarlett Strallen

Damian Jermaine Thompson

Louis Tucci

The Hartt School at the University of Hartford

Melody Atkinson

Gabrielle Filloux

Madison Vice

AfterWords Discussion

September 19, 20 and 26

Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following select 7:30 p.m. performances on Tuesday or 2 p.m. Wednesday matinees. FREE

Pride & Plays

September 13, 6:00pm

FREE pre-show nosh and complimentary wine, soda and coffee (plus drink specials at a cash bar) for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patrons and allies.

For tickets to the 7:30 p.m. show, use Promo Code LGBT25 and save 25% off seats for this special performance.

Sunday Afternoon Discussion

September 17
Immediately following the 2 p.m. Matinee
Speaker: Helen Whall, Emerita Professor, College of the Holy Cross

Helen Whall received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 1976 and immediately joined the faculty of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. There, she taught courses in Shakespeare, the Renaissance, Renaissance Drama, Law and Drama, and Dramatic Comedy. She has published a book on Pre-Shakespearean drama and numerous essays on Shakespeare and his contemporaries, as well as modern and contemporary playwrights. Professor Whall also served as the theater reviews editor for Theatre Journal and has been a frequent lecturer at various New England libraries.

Immediately following the 2 p.m. matinee. FREE.

Open Captioned Performances

September 24, 2:00pm & 7:30pm

For patrons who are deaf or have hearing loss. FREE with admission.

Audio Described Performances

September 30, 2:00pm

For patrons who are blind or have low vision. FREE with admission.



Jenny LeonaFedna Laure JacquetThe cast of Mechanicals in A Midsummer Night's DreamScarlett Strallen and Esau PritchettThe cast of A Midsummer Night's DreamFedna Laure Jacquet and Damian Jermaine ThompsonEsau PritchettLouis TucciMatthew MaccaScarlett Strallen (top) and John LavelleWill ApicellaDamian Jermaine ThompsonDamian Jermaine Thompson, Tom Pecinka, Jenny Leona and Fedna Laure Jacquet (rear, in shadow)Tom PecinkaScarlett Strallen and John LavelleJohn LavelleThe cast of A Midsummer Night's DreamRobert Hannon DavisThe cast of A Midsummer Night's DreamAlexander Sovronsky

All photos by T. Charles Erickson.


Preview Montage

Cast members discuss their characters

Why is A Midsummer Night's Dream Popular?

A Symphony of Worlds

The Play within a Play

Darko Talks About the Play

Mechanicals discuss their characters



Executive Sponsors

The John and Kelly Hartman Foundation

Lead Sponsor
Shakespeare in American Communities

Hartford Stage’s production is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Producing Sponsor

federman, lally & remis

Spotlight Sponsor
cummings & lockwood


Bill & Judy Thompson