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Irish Twist on Shakespeare's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Randolph Road Theater
Silver Spring, MD
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Irish Twist on Shakespeare's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
An Irish Twist on William Shakespeares "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

July 25 - August 12, 2018
Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm
Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm
Added Wednesday, July 25, performance at 8pm

MD Theatre Guide extols "Artful visuals, strong acting, pleasant tunes, and hearty laughter are all waiting to be found somewhere deep within woods of Galway in 'An Irish Twist on A Midsummer Nights Dream.'

BroadwayWorld.com raves "Quotidian Theatre Company's charming spin on Shakespeare reminds theater-goers exactly why we enjoy revisiting and re-experiencing old favourites, and helps us see 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' through fresh and delighted eyes."

Shakespeare's enchanted woods replete with mischievous faeries, quarreling lovers, and ridiculous rude mechanicals are transported to Regency Ireland. LIVE traditional Irish music and dance.

PLEASE NOTE! Due to renovations at the Writers Center (QTCs home), an Irish Twist on "A Midsummer Night's Dream" will be performed at the Randolph Road Theater, 4010 Randolph Road, Silver Spring, MD 20902.


1817. Tuam, Galway, Ireland. The great hall and woods beyond the family estate of the widowed Lady Montbrook, her daughter, Margaret, and her orphaned niece, Aveline.

Montbrook Family History

The Montbrooks are among the numerous English expatriates awarded land in Ireland, where the late Lord Montbrook moved with his family in the late 1700s. His sister, Aveline's mother, was disowned by the Montbrook family after she fell in love and eloped with an Irishman, who was later killed in the Irish rebellion of 1798. When her mother died, the young Aveline went to live with Margaret and Lady Montbrook on their estate. There, Aveline fell in love and had a mostly secret affair with Lord Gregroy, the son of the Montbrooks wealthy neighbors. Lady Montbrook, having fallen on hard times due to her tenant farmers inability to pay their rent, is now eager to have her only daughter, Margaret, marry the wealthy Lord Gregory, whose parents also support the union.

Cast (in order of appearance)

ANGELA KAY PIRKO - Aveline, the late Lord Montbrook's disowned sister's daughter, now an orphan
LAURA ROCKLYN - Margaret Montbrook, the late Lord Montbrook's daughter
SETH ROSENKE - Liam OConor, Margaret's Irish tutor
LAURA RUSSELL - Lady Montbrook, Margaret's widowed mother
JOHN DECKER - Reverend Peter Quince
GRANT CLOYD - Lord Gregory, Montbrook's wealthy neighbors' son
ADDISON SWITZER - Parnell Gale, Mayor of Galway
DAVID DUBOV - Bottom, caretaker of Montbrook's estate
LEAH MAZADE - Mrs. Starveling, Montbrook's cook
JOHN ALLNUTT - Phin, Montbrook's yardman
MADIE KILNER - Faery, Queen Oonagh's attendant
DRYADS - Katheirne Kemp, Julie Olsen, (Quincy McElhaney)
IAN BLACKWELL ROGERS - Puck, King Finvarra's attendant
LAURA RUSSELL - Oonagh, Queen of the Faeries
ADDISON SWITZER - Finvarra, King of the Faeries


PETER BRICE - Musical Director/Button Accordion, Bodhran

Creative Team

KATE BOLE - Irish Dance Choreographer
VANESSA BISBEE - Contra Dance Choreographer
DON SLATER - Lighting Designer
STEPHANIE MUMFORD - Costume Designer

Prized by its patrons for its intimate stagings, QTC specializes in productions of naturalistic plays about the truth and beauty in everyday quotidian life. This boutique theater caters to those who enjoy thinking about, as well as discussing with friends after the show, the meaning of a great play.

Video - Rehearsal of faery contradance choreographed by Vanessa Bisbee and danced by Madie Kilner (Faery), Ian Blackwell Rogers (Puck), Laura Russell (Faery Queen Oonagh), and Addison Switzer (Faery King Finvarra). Samantha Suplee (fiddle) and Peter Brice (button accordion) accompany them, playing Carolan's "Queen of the Faeries."

Photo of cast by Steve LaRocque.


Randolph Road Theater (View)
4010 Randolph Road
Silver Spring, MD 20902
United States


Arts > Dance
Arts > Literary
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Music > Celtic

Minimum Age: 5
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!



Ruth M.
washington, DC United States
Aug 12, 2018 5:48 AM
Gerald M.
washington, DC United States
Aug 12, 2018 5:48 AM
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Silver spring, MD United States
Aug 11, 2018 12:58 PM
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Silver spring, MD United States
Aug 11, 2018 12:58 PM
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Washington, DC United States
Aug 11, 2018 12:58 PM

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