The cast of Folger Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream inside the Great Hall of the National Building Museum, July 12 – August 28, 2022. Photo by Brittany Diliberto.

Escape DC’s Heatwave with A Midsummer Night’s Dream

4 min 2 mths

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the first Shakespeare play that I remember watching. My grandparents had taken me, probably elementary school aged, to watch the performance at Shakespeare in the Park in Seattle. I didn’t realize it then, but the wooded enclave of the outdoor stage was the perfect site to watch fairies flit about mischievously. 

Fast forward a few decades, and the creative minds of Tony Cisek (Production Design), Jim Hunter (University of South Carolina), and South Side Design and Building have transformed the National Building Museum into a similarly magical setting. 

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