The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0727 Friday, 23 April 1999.
From: Dale Lyles <
Date: Thursday, 22 Apr 1999 15:26:56 EDT
Subject: 10.0691 Re: RSC MND
Comment: Re: SHK 10.0691 Re: RSC MND
I have to second Scott Crozier's comment about the text of MND being
already "bawdy" without any directorial interpolations. When we were
playing with the text during rehearsals in 1997, we discovered all kinds
of sexuality, and indeed that was one of the keypoints of the
production: these "nice" children suddenly found themselves bereft of
superego and the id reigned supreme.
You may recall-I'm sure I shared this at the time-that we experimented
with reversing Titania and Oberon during rehearsal, and that the switch
was still funny in sexual terms. Also, we were playing one night and
Demetrius, upon awaking, quite clearly saw Lysander first. I called out
for them to go with it, and the ensuing scene, once again, was very
funny, with all four lovers in a fleshpile on the floor, either groping
or fighting. It simply underscored for us how much the play was about
We did this with eight-year-olds in the cast.
Newnan Community Theatre Company