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Marie-Paule Ramo


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Waiting for the Dream

Waiting for the Dream

This is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream from La Compagnie Irina Brook. It is performed in French and English with subtitles. Performed in the original Shakespearean manner, with an all-male cast, numbering six in this adaptation, Waiting for the Dream was created with the goal of bringing theater to venues off the beaten track and to communities that normally have little contact with cultural activity. Ms. Brook wanted to work from the classical text of A Midsummer Night's Dream but with a free and playful approach and with all the creativity and invention necessary to make one believe that six men, with very few props or costumes, can become believable as pretty women, fairies and performing house builders. Hence Waiting for the Dream is born largely from improvisation in a bare village hall, with minimal scenic elements, costumes and propsmainly begged and borrowed: an old pink nightgown a flowery parasol, costumes made from elements from a hardware store: plumbers equipment, plastic bags, Saran Wrap, a couple of poles, a ball of string, some gathered leaves. What results is a joyful, playful, appealing Dream that abounds with poetry as well as slapstick, offering audiences both young and old a fresh, new way to enjoy Shakespeare's classic tale. Six actors interpret all the roles: the young lovers in Theseus's court trying their best to overcome the many obstacles to their love; the fairies (e.g., Fairy Naff!) and their Queen Titania in conflict with Oberon, King of the Elves; Puck, a funky, disjointed rapper and the motley band of mechanicals/house-builders, sub-amateur thespians cobbling together "The Most Lamentable Comedy, and Most Cruel Death of Pyramus and Thisbe."

Original Playwright - Shakespeare. Adapted by Irina Brook; translated by Marie-Paule Ramo

1st Produced:
La MaMa First Floor Theatre
74A East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003    03 Nov 2010


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