Midsummer Night's Dream - UMD/NACTA

Documentary about a Chinese/American co-adaptation of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream produced in two languages on two continents by the University of Maryland and the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts.

In 2012 co-directors Professor Mitchell Hébert and Professor Yu Fanlin created a visually stunning adaptation of the play without being able to speak each other's languages. The Chinese cast performed their scenes in Chinese using traditional Chinese Opera style while the American cast used traditional bluegrass music and the emerging form of aerial silk ballet in their performances.

The two halves were stitched together scene-by-scene in rehearsals at the University of Maryland in August 2012, and then the play was presented in Chinese and English to sold-out houses in the USA and China.

Documentary shot and directed by: Adam Nixon

Original Music by: Mark Halpern and Aaron Bliden

Play co-directed by: Mitchell Hébert and Yu Fanlin

CAST
Thesesus 特修斯 Li Xuexi 李学熙
Egeus 伊吉斯 Zhantai Yiyan 澹台义彦
Lysander 拉山德 Shi Ting 史梃
Demetrius 狄米特里斯 Kong Lingpeng 孔令鹏
Philostrate 费劳斯特菜特 Guo Jianying 郭建莹
Peter Quince 昆斯 Rob Jansen
Snug 斯纳格 Matthew Taylor Strote
Nick Bottom 波顿 David Demke
Francis Flute 弗鲁特 Shane O'Loughlin
Tom Snout—tinker 斯诺特 Anupama Singh Yadav
Robin Starveling 斯塔佛林 Javier del Pilar
Hippolyta 希波吕忒 Sun Shangqi 孙尚琪
Hermia 赫米娅 Dong Weijun 董娓君
Helena 海丽娜 Li Jiaqiu 李佳秋
Oberon 奥布朗 Li Xuexi 李学熙
Titania 提泰妮姬 Sun Shangqi 孙尚琪
Puck/Robin Goodfellow 迫克/好人儿罗宾 Du Shuaiqaing 杜帅强
Peaseblossom 豆花 Emma Lou Hébert
Cobweb 蛛网 Olivia Brann
Moth 飞蛾 Anna Lynch
Mustardseed 芥子 Riley Bartlebaugh
Changeling Child 侍童 Sean Silva
Ensemble 名整体;综合效果 Will Beckstrom, Julia Klavans, Alex Leidy, Natalie Piegari

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Midsummer Night's Dream - UMD/NACTA

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Videos from the University of Maryland's and the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts' co-production of William Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream. The show was produced on two continents to sell-out crowds in Beijing and Maryland.

A remarkably…


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Videos from the University of Maryland's and the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts' co-production of William Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream. The show was produced on two continents to sell-out crowds in Beijing and Maryland.

A remarkably successful blending of two cultures, two languages, two distinct performance traditions.

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