Ian Blackwell Rogers (Puck) and Madie Kilner (Faery) in Quotidian Theatre Company’s “An Irish Twist on Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.” COURTESY PHOTO Directors often set Shakespeare’s works in times and places different from the originals. Quotidian Theatre Company is transposing “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to Regency Ireland.
“Much as the stories of the lovers, rude mechanicals [laborers], and fairies converge in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ a few of my passions came together to inspire our Irish twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy,” said Stephanie Mumford, QTC’s co-founder. “The play has always been a favorite of mine since I saw Max Reinhardt’s magical 1935 film version.”
Mumford and Leah Mazade adapted the play and are co-directing it. But they attribute much of the production’s “authentic Irish atmosphere” to Kate Bole and Peter Brice, choreographer and music director, respectively, Mumford said.
“I’ve been a traditional Irish dancer since the age of seven,” said Bole, who studied and taught with the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance. “Soon after I found I had a real love for choreography.”