This is the final for the Styles of Acting class at Ithaca College. The assignment is to take a Shakespeare scene, and put it into a new setting and context, then perform it for the faculty and students. Ned Donovan (Musical Theatre '12), Graham Drake-Maurer (Acting '12), Mallory Newbrough (Musical Theatre '12), and Blake Bridges-Alexander (Acting '11) were assigned The Lovers Quarrel from A Midsummer Night's Dream. The scene was set in a WWE fighting ring. Here is the synopsis according to the program:
WWE Wrestlers and lovers Lysander, "The Athenian Titan" (Ned Donovan) and Hermia "Ms. Hypo T. Hermia" (Mallory Newbrough) were asleep in bed when Hermia had a nightmare. Lashing out, she punched Lysander straight in the face, causing him an instant concussion. Stumbling out of bed, befuddled and confused, Lysander chanced upon WWE Wrestler Helena, "The Amazon Powerhouse" (Blake Alexander) who was looking for her life‐long love, WWE Wrestler Demetrius, "The Big D" (Graham Drake‐Maurer). Due to the resounding punch delivered by Hermia, Lysander, in his confused state, falls head over head over heels in love with Hermia. Opportunely, Demetrius, seizes the occasion to score with his life‐long love, Hermia. All four find themselves in the ring oncemore...but this time...it's personal.
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