A Midsummer Night's Dream
Diane and Jeff – or Pino and
Raz as they were known by their stage names – were
the stars of the New Pickle Family Circus. We started
playing with ideas of how to utilize their circus
talents to help make the story of A Midsummer
Night’s Dream come to life.
Several other Pickle performers
were enlisted: Serenity Smith Forchion and Alysia
Gavre-Wareham, a pair of aerialists, became trapeze-twirling
Aidan O’Shea and Jamie Adkins,
a pair of Pickle gymnasts, were enlisted to join
the crew of mechanicals who, along with Bottom,
put on the play of Pyramus and Thisbe, which is
always the highlight of this production.
These wonderful performers did
astonishing flips and twists as they were chased
through the enchanted forest by Puck’s magic – while
Puck cavorted all over Bottom.
The final Bergomask dance, often
cut from productions, became a tour-de-force exhibition
of clowning skills, one last bit of magic at the
end of an extraordinary evening.
The non-clowning actors also shone. Mary Knoll and
Peter Meyers both debuted with Marin Shakespeare
in this production, as Titania/Hippolyta and Oberon/Theseus.
And we were charmed to bring
back to the Forest Meadows stage the original Marin
Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director (1961- 1972),
John Brebner, who played an appropriately paternal