6 Facts about Mendelssohn and His Wedding March

by Kalina Ko, Literary Intern

Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream inspired many different artists. Felix Mendelssohn, a German composer, was one of those artists. One Mendelssohn’s most famous pieces of music is his Wedding March, which was inspired by a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that he saw. Below are some facts about Mendelssohn and his Wedding March.

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You can listen to one performance of his wedding march here:


Lord, What Fools These Mortals Be! — A Dramaturgical Talk

by Kalina Ko, Literary Intern

On June 29, I gave a dramaturgical talk before our invited dress rehearsal. The talk focused on salient aspects of our production that had come up during rehearsal and that I felt were interesting and relevant to our modern day life. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to talk with the cast more and experience the show a few more times. I’ve been able to reflect further on the themes featured in the play. The following is an updated and modified version of the dramaturgical talk I gave on June 29. Continue reading


We love seeing picnics in the park, even if all you do is grab some sammiches or a pizza on your way in. There’s nothing like good food and good friends as a prelude to some outdoor Shakespeare. We walk nimbly and carefully through the crowd to snap these pics, and even though we haven’t yet seen a peanut butter and jelly sammich or some fish sticks, we’re still in admiration of the spread you put on.

Shakespeare on the Big Screen

by Kalina Ko, Literary Intern

This summer, a new film adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Casey Wilder Mott will be available to watch in cinemas. Mott has adapted the play to take place in modern day Hollywood rather than ancient Athens. The re-imagination of the play capitalizes on the reputation of Hollywood as a place where magic and reality meet. Continue reading