Smith Street Stage brings A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM to Carroll Park in Carroll Gardens from June 23rd to July 1, 2018, followed by a second venue at The Actors Fund in Boerum Hill from July 11-15, 2018.
A Midsummer for today’s New York City that imagines our fellow New Yorkers - the buskers, the lovers, the neighbors, the leaders - as the wild and magical Spirits of Shakespeare's classic comedy. It is a celebration of the energy, danger, uniqueness and soul of the place that we call home, and its potential to evoke in all of us a wondrous transformation. This play dares to show us the extraordinary magic and everyday miracles that are hidden in plain sight.
Smith Street Stage seeks to tell classic stories in new ways through affordable, exciting and consequential theater arts. The Company holds that universally recognizable and deeply human conflicts inhere in great literature, and by exploring such texts with rigor and creativity, one may apprehend these truths and reveal anew their relevance to our lives. Such stories presented skillfully and earnestly have the power to engage philosophical issues, excite spectators of all backgrounds and predispositions, and bring communities closer.
Starting with a five actor adaptation of Romeo and Juliet in 2010, Smith Street Stage has always looked for new ways to tell classic stories. Since that first production the Company has grown to hiring over thirty artists and performing summer Shakespeare for over two thousand people each summer in Brooklyn’s Carroll Park.
The company operates under the principle that Shakespeare is not esoteric or elitist, and that an expert and fastidious production will be deeply meaningful as well as broadly accessible. We feel these beliefs are confirmed by our rapidly growing audience, and we’re committed to providing this audience the best free theater in Brooklyn.
In rehearsals the directors and actors focus on the human event of each scene, rooting each actor in the recognizable and sympathetic humanity of the play’s people. This approach mines Shakespeare’s plays for all their profundity: the actors must individually and collectively encounter the unique decisions and circumstances their characters face. Moreover, focusing on clear and relatable human dilemmas renders the plays accessible to all audience, including the school-aged children who annually populate our audiences and return for multiple viewings.