Re: Festival’s other Dream a real chamber of horrors, review, Aug. 7
By coincidence, we read your review of the director Peter Sellars’ chamber version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream the morning after we had seen the production. Unlike your reviewer, we absolutely loved it!
We found the director’s notes to be a helpful introduction to what is certainly a unique interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s best loved plays. In playing all of the roles, each of the four actors gives a breathtaking performance in which passions are distilled and language shines through with new meaning and clarity.
The installation art environment serves as a powerful reminder of how beauty and new purpose can be found in discarded objects.
Only at a place like the Stratford Festival could this kind of work be commissioned and performed. This is a provocative counterpoint to the full production of Dream on the Festival theatre stage.
To us it was an absolute gift to have a director of the calibre of Peter Sellars come to Stratford to work with actors and crew, and share his brilliant imagination with them and with us.
Mary E Hofstetter and David Riggs