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Midsummer Night’s Dream, A

Synopsis
A recording of the play performed at the Delacorte Theater in New York City’s Central Park as part of the New York Shakespeare Festival. The production employed regional accents and an eclectic mix of costumes. Reviewers and critics speak of aggressive and unsubtle acting and verse speaking, a production lacking any of the darker elements to be found in the play. The play was directed for stage by James Lapine and for television by Emile Ardolino.
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Television; Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
24 May 1983 (Channel: Arts and Entertainment Network)
Duration
165 mins

Credits

Director
Emile Ardolino; James Lapine
Producer
Joseph Papp
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Allen Shawn
Production Design
Heidi Landesman
Costume
Randy Barcelo
Choreographer
Graciela Daniele
Cast
James HurdleTheseus
Diane VenoraHippolyta
William HurtOberon
Michele ShayTitania
Andreas KatsulasTom Snout
Christine BaranskiHelena
Deborah RushHermia
J. Patrick O’BrienRobin Starveling
Jeffrey De MunnNick Bottom
Kevin ConroyLysander
Paul BatesFrancis Flute
Ralph DrischellEgeus
Rick LiebermanDemetrius
Ricky JayPhilostrate
Steve VinovichPeter Quince

Additional Details

Theatre
Delacorte Theatre, Central Park, New York City
Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Midsummer Night’s Dream, A
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); New York Shakespeare Festival

Notes

History
The play was shown on the A&E Network 24 May 1983.
Reviews
For summaries of reviews by H.R. Coursen and Arthur Ganz see Bulman, H.R. and J.C. Bulman Shakespeare on Television: an Anthology of Essays and Reviews (Hanover: University Press of New England, 1988) pp 284-5.

Production Company

Name

ABC Video Enterprises

Archive

Name

Folger Shakespeare Library

Email
reference@folger.edu
Web
http://www.folger.edu External site opens in new window
Phone
(202) 544 4600
Fax
(202) 544 4623
Address
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington
DC 20003
USA
Name

Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting & Recorded Sound Division

Web
http://catalog.loc.gov/ External site opens in new window
Phone
(20) 707-8572
Fax
(20) 707-237’1
Address
Motion Picture & Television Reading Room
James Madison Building, LM 336
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, D.C.
20540-4690
United States

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