The Bard’s fantastical farce is getting a slightly more empowered interpretation. The Atlanta Shakespeare Company at the New American Shakespeare Tavern is mid-run with their production of “Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
“It’s just fun. It’s one of the most playful of Shakespeare’s comedies,” director Tony Brown tells "City Lights" host Lois Reitzes.
Actor Dani Herd characterizes the show as “a good Shakespeare gateway drug.”
Brown says that this production of the show stands out for its strong female performances, with women playing many roles traditionally played by men, including the part of Puck, played here by Atlanta actor Mary Ruth Ralston.
“[These] are all very strong women, very gifted women,” Brown says, “and they’re bringing a kind of energy to the roles that just changes the personality [of the show].”
The show is open now and runs through July 30.