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About the Show

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FUSE Theatre of CT's Pandemic-Era Approach to a Classic Comedy May Feel a Little Different....   

FUSE Theatre of CT is taking “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” into the 21st century — Summer 2020, to be exact. A global pandemic has rocked the land and altered the way humans interact and manage relationships. Suddenly, we are all dependent upon our devices to maintain connections with the outside world.

 

Like the Netflix series “Social Distance” or the 2018 thriller “Searching,” this unique musical take on the Shakespearian classic takes place entirely from the point of view of computers, tablets and phones. The Mechanicals Community Theater — a ragtag group of essential workers whose love of theater outweighs their talents — rehearses their upcoming live-streamed play on Zoom while Duke Theseus plans a virtual wedding with his fiancé Hippolyta.

 

Social distancing has also been hard on the four young lovers at the heart of “Midsummer.” Teenage Hermia is embroiled in a love triangle between Twitch streamer Demetrius and studious Lysander, while lovelorn Helena takes to YouTube and Instagram to post songs and stories of her unrequited love.

 

When Hermia and Lysander disobey their family and meet up at his Aunt’s cabin estate nicknamed The Wood, chaos, confusion, love and betrayal all come to a head. Making matters worse are the fairies - a band of digital beings who live inside our devices and control our digital life. From wifi crashes to catfishing, hacking to love spells, the parallel world of cyber-fairies can and do wreak havoc on humans at will.

 

Join us as we follow the trail of these fairies as they play with their victims and the real-world teenagers whose dream of love temporarily becomes a nightmare.

ORDER OF SCENES & SETTINGS -TRADITIONAL

ORDER OF SCENES & SETTINGS- OUR PRODUCTION

Act 1, Scene 1: Theseus & Hippolyta's Facetime, Egeus' Zoom Room, Hermia, Lysander & Helena's Facetime & Helena's YouTube channel.


Act 1, Scene 2: Mechanicals Community Theatre Play Rehearsal on Zoom

Act 2, Scene 1: Cyber World, Demetrius' Twitch stream


Act 2, Scene 2: 'The Wood', a remote cabin owned by Lysander's dowager aunt 

Act 3, Scene 1: Mechanicals Zoom Rehearsal, Cyber World, "The Wood"


Act 3, Scene 2:  'The Wood', Cyber World,

Act 4, Scene 1: Cyber World,  'The Wood', 


Act 4, Scene 2: Hippolyta, Theseus & Philostrate's Pre-Wedding Zoom Call, Bottom's iPhone, Mechanicals' Zoom Call

Act 5, Scene 1: Hippolyta, Theseus & Philostrate's Post-Wedding Zoom Call, Zoom Play Performance of 'Pyramus & Thisbe' by The Mechanicals Community Theatre, Deep inside the internet

ORDER OF MUSICAL SELECTIONS

(Music by Lydia Arachne, Lyrics by William Shakespeare)

** Cast Album Becomes Available on Bandcamp.com in early June!

Act 1

'The Course of True Love'  -- Lysander & Hermia

'Things Base & Vile'- Helena

Act 2

'Over Hill' -- Peaseblossom

'I Know a Bank' -- Oberon

'Philomel'-- Mustardseed, Moth, Cobweb & Peaseblossom

Act 3,

'Bottom's Birdsong' -- Nick Bottom

'Disparage Not'-- Demetrius, Hermia, Lysander, Helena

'On the Ground'- Puck

''Oberon Breaks The Spell'-- Oberon

Act 4, 

'Bottom's Dream'- Nick Bottom

Act 5

'Prologue' -- Quince & The Mechanicals

'Lion' / 'Wall' / 'Moonshine' - Snug, Snout, Starveling

'Iron Tongue: Time of Night'-- Theseus, Puck

'Now Until The Break of Day'- Oberon & Titania

CAST & CREW

HERMIA...........................   Emma Blanchette

LYSANDER......................   Ben Reynolds

HELENA..........................    Sylvia Sonenstein

DEMETRIUS...................    Kenneth Pelphrey

THESEUS........................    Martin Smith

HIPPOLYTA....................     Barbara Hentschel

PHILOSTRATE...............     Jake Egan

OBERON..........................   Noah Sonenstein

TITANIA...........................    Norah Stotz

PUCK................................   Harper Hellerman

PEASEBLOSSOM............. Theo Zucconi

MOTH................................. Sylvia Sonenstein

COBWEB............................ Emma Blanchette

MUSTARDSEED................ Ben Reynolds 

QUINCE............................   Noah Enjalran

BOTTOM..........................   Dean Paglino

FLUTE..............................    Theo Zucconi

SNUG...............................    Brician Belizaire

SNOUT............................    Julia Murphy

STARVELING..................    Juna Banks

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER..................Elizabeth Santaus

DIRECTOR..........................................Lara Morton

PRODUCTION DESIGNER...............Noah Golden

COMPOSER....................................... Lydia Arachne

SCENIC DESIGNER...........................April Chateauneuf

VIDEO EDITOR...................................Noah Golden

MUSIC DIRECTOR.............................Lydia Arachne

CHOREOGRAPHER.......................... Lyndsey Chance

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COSTUME DESIGNER..................... Jake Egan O'Hara

COSTUME DESIGNER...................... Nightwing                                                                          Whitehead

SCENIC ARTISTRY/POSTER...........April Chateauneuf

MARKETING TEAM...........................Jacques Lamarre

                                                             & Billy Winter of

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IN-HOUSE MARKETING...................Lara Morton

                                                             Noah Golden

Thank you dear audience, for spending this time with us.  We hope you have enjoyed the show!

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-- Team FUSE