Genre: Comedy
Directors: Christine A. Kahler & Mary Riley

A Midsummer Night's Dream and Much Ado About Nothing
by William Shakespeare

in repertory, performed by the Spontaneous Shakespeare Players

June 28th- A Midsummer Night's Dream
June 29th- Much Ado About Nothing
July 5th- A Midsummer Night's Dream
July 6th- Much Ado About Nothing
*all shows 2:00 p.m.

at Summit Rock in Central Park
Free to the public

Christine A. Kahler (Much Ado)
Mary Riley (Midsummer)

Nicole Greenbaum

Cast of A Midsummer Night's Dream: 

Titania/Hippolyta: Laura Mae Baker
Lysander/Flute/Thisby: Justin Bennett*
Hermia/Quince/Cobweb: Jennifer Carter
Egeus/Snug/Lion: Aaron David Kapner
Puck/Philostrate: Clint Morris*
Helena: Mary Riley*
Snout/Peeseblossom: Michelle Robinson
Bottom/Demetrius/Piramus: Brendan Sokler
Oberon/Theseus: Rich Wisneski
Prompter: Christine A. Kahler


Cast of Much Ado About Nothing:

Dogberry: Laura Mae Baker 
Benedicke: Justin Bennett*
Hero/ Watch 2 & 3: Jen Carter 
Conrade: Chad Hensley 
Leonato: Aaron David Kapner 
Don John/Sexton: Josh Laird 
Don Pedro: Aaron Matteson 
Priest/Verges: Fred Gilbreth/Clint Morris* 
Beatrice: Mary Riley* 
Margaret/Watch 1: Michelle Robinson 
Balthasar: Owen Scott 
Claudio: Brenden Sokler 
Borachio/Messenger #1: Rich Wisneski 
Prompter: Christine A. Kahler


Special Thanks:

Brian Allard
Amanda Bruton
Jen Borntrager Kudulis
Melinda Stewart
NYC Parks

Presented by: Mercia Entertainment
Event hashtags:
#SSP2014 #MuchAdo #MidsummerNights


This June & July, Spontaneous Shakespeare Players (“SSP”) are back to bring the Bard's A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado About Nothing to New York City—the way Shakespeare’s own players performed it.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado About Nothing marks the sixth annual FREE Shakespeare productions that SSP has shared with New York audiences at Central Park's Summit Rock and the second year of being produced by Mercia Entertainment.  Dedicated to bringing the Shakespeare of olden times to modern audiences, SSP uses original Elizabethan performance techniques—involving audience interaction, cue scripts-in-hand and LOTS of spontaneity—to bring Shakespeare's words to life in a thrilling and hilarious way.  This is seriously entertaining Shakespeare, the like of which you have never seen before, performed by actors trained in Original Practice rehearsal techniques.  A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado About Nothing will be performed outdoors for FREE, so pack your picnic blankets and Central Park friendly lunches.  It’s fun for the whole family!

Written around 1598, William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing is about a young woman wrongly accused of being unchaste who is later reconciled with her accusing lover. It is also about a second couple – two witty, bright individuals who swear they will never fall in love. 

Girl meets boy. Girl falls in love with boy. Girl loses boy when mischievous fairy sprinkles love "juice" on boy's eyelids, making him fall for another girl. Girl wins boy back (with the help of a little fairy magic). No, it's not the latest romantic comedy to hit theaters near you; it's a play that was dreamed up by William Shakespeare toward the end of the 16th century. Like the modern-day romantic comedy genre it's helped to shape and influence, A Midsummer Night's Dream features young lovers who fall comically in and out of love in a ridiculously brief period of time (over the course of a single, enchanted midsummer night).

Watch our bold and magnificent actors perform the First Folio Style with cue scripts in hand, all while interacting and entertaining the audience in ways you could never have imagined. This ain't your mama's Shakespeare!

DETAILSFree admission; no tickets required.

We strongly encourage you to bring blankets, cushions or chairs for picnic style seating.

About the Company: Mercia Entertainment


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Mercia Entertainment’s mission is to offer patrons a stimulating, dynamic and educational entertainment experience by retelling classic stories through theater, film, music and art.

Mercia Entertainment produces the following:

Mainstage Shows and Events
The Unstuffy Divas
Spontaneous Shakespeare Players


Open:   06/28/14
Close:   07/06/14

June 28th- A Midsummer Night's Dream
June 29th- Much Ado About Nothing
July 5th- A Midsummer Night's Dream
July 6th- Much Ado About Nothing
*all shows 2:00 p.m.:6/28/20146/29/20147/5/20147/6/2014:
Theater:   Central Park's Summit Rock
Address:   West 83rd Street & CPW
New York, NY
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Company: Mercia Entertainment         Official Web Site: merciaentertainment.org