O spite! O hell! It seems Julie Taymor is taking a step away from Broadway and into Brooklyn with the staging of a new production of Billy Shakes’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream. After the torturous effort that was her hand in Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark and all the chaos that ensued, it seems the innovative and grandiose director will be venturing into a land many have dared to travel before. Her new production of Midsummer will find a home at the Theatre for a New Audience in Fort Greene, Brooklyn and will be the first production of the company’s new home.
Scheduled to open on November 2nd with previews in mid-October, Taymor will once again be collaborating with Oscar-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal, who will compose the accompanying music for the group of young Athenian lovers, fairies, and mechanicals. In her long oeuvre, Taymor has tackled Shakespeare before with The Tempest, The Taming of the Shrew, and Titus Andronicus, as well as the film versions of The Tempest and Titus.
As someone who frequently puts on one-woman productions of the Midsummer alone in her bedroom, I can say that I am both equally excited and nervous about what Taymor has in store for the comedy so near and dear to my heart. Let’s just hope it doesn’t look like this: