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A Taste of Shakespeare Series
A Midsummer Night's Dream

A video guide to the loveliest of Shakespeare's romantic comedies.

A printer-friendly version of this page 57 minutes
Directed by Dug Rotstein
Produced by Eugenia Educational Foundation

A Midsummer Night's Dream, considered the loveliest of Shakespeare's romantic comedies, draws the viewer almost immediately into a dark forest, where love loses its way.

Although we gladly let ourselves be seduced by moonlight magic, fairy dust, and bridal-bed blessings, we wonder at the end of this play how long the "happy ending" will last. We also look with a sharper eye at our own wanderings in the forest of love, and at the pain we inflict when we tell someone we once loved to "get lost."

"Lord, what fools these mortals be!" proclaims the goblin Puck; and the Fairy Queen makes a fool of herself over an ass.

Note: This program has been re-edited, re-mixed, and put in a letterbox format. It was an excellent production before. Now it is even better! (The classroom version remains the same.)

Other titles in the series are:

Hamlet - A video guide to Shakespeare's most famous play.

The Merchant of Venice - A video guide to the play from Shylock's point of view.

Romeo and Juliet - A video guide to this cautionary tale of teenage love.

King Lear - A video guide to one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies.

Macbeth - A video guide to Shakespeare's "tragedy of blood".

Othello - A video guide to one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies, dealing with revenge and pride.

Grade Level: 9-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 1998     Copyright Date: 1998
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-162-2     VHS ISBN: 1-56029-778-6

"Sophisticated and tasteful, this is an essential purchase for the classroom, but can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages...A classy introduction. Highly recommended."
Video Librarian

"Highly recommend(ed), as are others of this series, as an excellent introduction for K-12 students to the world and plays of William Shakespeare."
Dr. Brad Eden, MC Journal

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

"Sophisticated and tasteful... an essential purchase for the classroom." Video Librarian

Links (The producer's web site)
Study guide

Awards and Festivals
Honorable Mention, Columbus International Film & Video Festival

English Literature
Language Arts
Performing Arts

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"When (programs) are as well produced as this one, they can effectively serve to help modern-day students connect to the Elizabethan language and timeless themes of the play."
Teacher Librarian

"A TASTE OF SHAKESPEARE is the answer to a teacher's prayer. It serves a pressing need by introducing students to the plays of William Shakespeare in a way that makes each play accessible and compelling viewing. [Each program] maintains the language and key scenes of the play which are tied together by an intelligently crafted connecting summary. The result in each case is a thoroughly informative and entertaining overview of the key themes and motifs of each of the drama...the students' appetites for the whole play will be well wetted. Equally important, they will be able to undertake their study of the text with a clear understanding of its over-arching architecture and a real feel for its drama and language. This is unquestionably the most satisfying, authoritative and pedagogically useful video introduction to the...plays of William Shakespeare I have seen. This series is a superb achievement - a wonderful marriage of modern scholarship and media production."
Dr. John MacDonald, Professor of English Education, University of Toronto

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