LSUDrama Offers Futuristic "Midsummer Night’s Dream"

May 5, 2011

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” a production by the LSUDrama program, will be presented at La Sierra University, May 11, 12, 14 and 15. The performances are in Matheson Hall, and begin each evening at 8 p.m.

This unique production sets the story 400 years in the future. And for the first time for an LSUDrama production, the play’s sets were created by La Sierra University art students taking a new class, “Set Design.”

Because of the program’s configuration, Matheson Hall’s seating capacity slightly reduced for this production. Advance tickets are highly recommended, and can be reserved by contacting the LSUDrama, 951-785-2241, or emailing Tickets are $10 general admission, or $7 for La Sierra University students, faculty or staff.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Concepts for La Sierra University’s production

The year is 2411.  A lot has happened.  For the past 300 years human beings have been working to repair the nearly cataclysmic end of all life on the planet.  Order has been restored from the chaos and near destruction of mother earth.  And men think they are in charge.  Of course they’ve always thought that because women want them to.  It works better that way.  

Things are going pretty well.  Language has finally been restored to what it was nearly 800 years ago -- King James Bible English.

As for planet earth, the environmental setbacks are easing.  However, scientists are about to enter a brave new world they have created in a biosphere, led by Molecular Geneticist, Duke Theseus and his soon to be wife, Endocrinologist Queen Hippolyta.

Using science and imagination, they have created a world of mystery and grandeur with genetically engineered plant and animal species.  The colors are a lush jungle of tropical magic that glow when night falls, like Pandora in the movie Avatar.  

Robotic engineers have created AI robots to both keep on eye on the humans (the Faeries) and to serve them (the Mechanicals).  The humans fail to realize that the faeries have evolved quite beyond the expected, turning into mischievous and independent fey sprites.  The mechanicals have been successfully engineered to remain simple and content with their lot of servitude, although even they long to create, much like the human beings who made them.

Egeus, a Molecular Geneticist, has already seen his grandchildren, from a union of his daughter Hermia and fellow scientist, Demetrius.  Thus he is determined that they shall marry.  

Meanwhile, Queen Hippolyta has been playing with human pheromones and a little purple flower she’s named Love-In-Idleness.  

And this is where the troubles begin.

Madcap mayhem ensues as Hermia, Lysander, Helena, Demetrius, Titania and Bottom each find themselves falling in and out of love with astonishing speed.  Will the right boy get the right girl?  Will the donkey get the faerie?

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