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A Midsummer's Night Dream: Southern Illinois University, 1991

The director, Paige Newmark, wanted to set this production in a romantic era where a restricted society tries to control the environment as well as the lives of their children. We set Theseus' court in an Edwardian conservatory filled with trophies of his many conquests, including lion and bear skin rugs, stuffed animals, military statues. Theseus and his new queen (should we say conquest?) Hyppolita make their first entrance arriving in the basket of a hot air balloon.