A Midsummer Night's Dream, Moore Theatre, Ben Greet Players, (05/13/1909-05/16/1909)


The Ben Greet Players' production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" ran May 13 to May 16 at the Moore Theatre alongside other Shakespearean productions, such as "As You Like It" and "The Tempest." These last two productions continued until May 17. "Midsummer" was scheduled to start on May 12 but due to inclement weather, it was postponed a day, and a Saturday matinee was added to the bill in recompense. It was also accompanied by the Russian Symphony Orchestra and a much larger cast than usual, which required some refitting of the performance space of the Moore Theatre. As the "Seattle Times" reported, the beginning overture is "nearly twenty minutes in length and leads directly into the play, and from there on there is no break in the performance till the close, so that late-comers will not only lose a most interesting feature of the program, but be compelled to wait at least half an hour, if not more, until the first light scene comes on in the play, the early part of the performance being given in almost total darkness" (5/10/1905, p.9). The production was minimal in set design to accentuate the performances and the writing.

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Seattle Daily Times 10 May 1909, p.9; Seattle Daily Times 12 May 1909, p. 9; Seattle Daily Times 13 May 1909, p.9