Lovers and Madmen: Visions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Forgotten Lore Theatre w/ Lone Brick Theatre Company
September 16-September 19
2021 Fringe Festival
1 hour 45 minutes
Romp with lovers. Rehearse with mechanicals. Revel with fairies. Revere the goddess.
Something wicked stirs in the wood outside Athens. The Amazon queen, Hippolyta plots to liberate herself from her captor and would-be husband, Theseus. With only four nights before the royal wedding, Hippolyta takes flight into the forest to invoke the favor of an ancient goddess setting into motion a series of misadventures for the Athenian citizens and misfortunes for the fairy denizens of the wood.
Lovers and Madmen is an original, immersive adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that takes audiences into the heart of the fairy realm where Shakespeare, history, and myth converge. Beyond the fairies of Midsummer fame, audiences will find the Athenian forest home to the likes of Ariel, Caliban, and Hecate as Shakespeare’s magical worlds blend into a new telling of the beloved comedy. Add to the mix the immersive stylings of Forgotten Lore Theatre, and a foreboding shadow is cast over the hilarious exploits of would-be lovers, wannabe actors, and honest-to-god fairies.
No more yielding but a dream?
Throughout the performance, audience members are invited to explore and commune with the fairy realm which will guide them down unique branches of experience. Audience is encouraged to open their minds, escape the world, join the revelry, embrace the ritual, and yield to transformation. Heck, come dressed as a fairy (and see what happens)!
Lovers and Madmen is presented both in evening and matinee performances. At night, the fairy world is cast into shadow, and under cover of darkness the reach of Hecate grows ever longer. In the safety of day, the fairy world thrives in its natural splendor. Which will you choose?
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Friday, Sep 17, 2021 – 8:00pm
Saturday, Sep 18, 2021 – 2:00pm
Saturday, Sep 18, 2021 – 8:00pm
Sunday, Sep 19, 2021 – 2:00pm
Sunday, Sep 19, 2021 – 8:00pm
Appropriate for Ages 13+
Lovers and Madmen contains scenes of choreographed stage combat, witchcraft, and ritual.
Audience will be ambulatory throughout the majority of the performance, guided between different playing spaces throughout the arboretum. No seating is provided though audience members may sit upon the ground at their leisure. Due to the outdoor and natural setting of the performance, audiences should dress accordingly. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended as some terrain may be uneven at times. Lightweight, full cover clothing is suggested. For evening performances, guides will light pathways, but audience members are also encouraged to employ flashlights on their phones to aid in navigation. Audience may be offered food or drink at different points throughout the show. Individual audience members may accept or decline offerings based on personal preference, inclination, or restriction. Though audience interaction and participation are a part of the performance, audiences who are hesitant about close contact with performers can inform a member of house staff upon check-in to ensure individual considerations are respected. Ticket buyers will receive further performance details at the email address provided when purchasing tickets.
About the Artists
Founded in 2015, Forgotten Lore Theatre is a Philadelphia-area performance company that produces devised works and original plays by area playwrights.
We believe art is created in the numinous space between artist and audience. Through innovative and experimental performances, we foster unique theatrical experiences for each audience member in an effort to keep the communal art of storytelling alive.
Previous Fringe Festival entries:
Dissever My Soul (2015)
Ashes of a Dead Philosophy (2016)
Every Day, Apocalypse! by R.A. Reutter (2017)
The Clinic by Rebecca Gomezrueda (2019)
Illimitable Dominion (2020)
Lone Brick Theatre Company is Widener University’s resident theatre company based out of Chester, PA.
Photo credit: Phineas K. Gage