|"In The Still Of The Night" what
mysterious goings-on within the wood? Lovers mismatched and out of their
minds with forbidden thoughts and feelings. Revenge and Magic. Bestiality
and Beguines! This is not your mother's midsummer madness! This
is Shakespeare's most exotic, erotic romp, that amid the comedic
chaos poses intriguing questions about Love, social obligations, the dark
sides of our natures and our secret desires! And all of this mixed into
a delightful cocktail of songs by Cole Porter!
Off The Wall Theatre
A Midsummer Night's Dream
— The Musical
by William Shakespeare and Cole
The fairies cast their spells, the mechanicals
rehearse their simple play and the lovers woo and war to the toe tapping
tunes the the master of musical mirth!
"In the Still of the Night," "Be a Clown,"
"At Long Last Love," "From this Moment On," and more of your favorite
Cole Porter tunes woven into this seamless tapestry of mirth, mystery and
Dale Gutzman directed and
Donna Kummer musical directed with
David Roper serving as technical
The Set: A Bed, Balloons,
The outstanding cast:
Some Masks And A Moon!
David Flores as Puck
Laura Monagale as Hippolyta/Titania
Ben George as Theseus/Oberon
Jeremy C. Welter as Bottom
Robert Hirschi as Peter Quince
James Strange as Flute/Thisbe
Alicia Rice as Helena
Liz Mistele as Hermia
Max Williamson as Lysander
Jake Konrath as Demetrius
Lawrence J. Lukasavage as Snout/Wall
Mark Ninneman as Starvling/Moonshine
Sandy Lewis as Snug/Lion
William Molitor as Egeus
Michelle White as Peaseblossom
Barbara Zaferos as Cobweb
Barbara Weber as Mustardseed
The magic spell has been cast...
The fun's begun...
Get your tickets now!
This show will sell out!
Only two weekends
The battle of the
sexes or the battles of sex!
"A Midsummer Night's Dream"
is often called Shakespeare's
most erotic play. It deals wisely and cleverly with the mishaps caused
by our desires and our refusal to admit to the darker sides of our natures.
Just think of a few of the
relationship problems in the play:
This is serious business,
and although the play is often presented as a meaningless circus of mirth
and laughter, there is serious stuff going on here. That does not mean
that we mortals in our most serious dilemmas are not hysterically funny
at times. What fools we mortals be!
Duke Theseus has captured and
kidnapped Queen Hippolyta. Now he wants to marry her,
and he thinks everything
will be just fine!
Egeus demands that his daughter
Hermia be killed if she will not marry his choice for her husband!
Demetrius wants to marry Hermia...but
has secretly made love to Helena!
Hermia Loves Lysander, but their
love is not mature. It is colored by romantic notions. Neither of them
understand the role of sex in love.
Oberon, the King of the Fairies
and his mate Titania have both cheated on each other numerous times. When
they fight, the entire world is affected!
In fact the only untainted love
in the play is the love expressed by the clown mechanicals in their production
of 'Pyramus and Thisbe!'
Cole Porter, that Master
Sophisticate of Song, also understood the foibles of human sexuality are
both sad and funny. His potent lyrics and marvelous melodies allow us to
smile and smirk with a tear in our eye and a melancholy nod of the head.
Off The Wall Theater continues
to take theatrical risks that both delight and disturb!
Now in its 18th year, off the wall
survives by sheer Theatrical Chutzpah !
Dale Gutzman is no longer a theater
director...he is a force of nature!
" Love Can Transform!" This production
was produced through the wonderful co-operation with David Paris, a true
champion of Milwaukee Theater.
Special thanks also to the Woehlck
family whose support has kept our theater alive these many years.