A Midsummer Night's Dream

2019 Past Production — See our 2020 Season!​


“Cal Shakes makes a playground of ‘Midsummer’”

— Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle

“…gleefully rambunctious.”

— Karen d'Souza, Bay Area News Group

“[This] funny interpretation of the Dream should not be missed.”

— Sophie Braccini, Lamorinda Weekly

RUN TIME: Approx. 2 hours, 30 minutes
INTERMISSION: One 15 minute
GENRE: Comedy, Whimsical, Fantasy, Family-friendly
GROVE TALKS: 45 mins pre-show
WARNINGS: Swearing, sexual themes, fog, strobe effects, hunting rifles onstage, offstage gunshot cues

Shakespeare's delightfully charming comedy of desire.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
by William Shakespeare
directed by Tyne Rafaeli
May 22 – June 16

Four lovers escape into the woods and find themselves in a world turned upside down. When it comes to love, what’s fantasy and what’s reality? Tricks abound and wires cross as we all seek escape from (or surrender to) the clutches of love.


Robyn Kerr

Puck, ensemble. Robyn Kerr (she/her) is a Jamaican Scottish actress now living and working in the US. Theater includes: Pride and Prejudice (Syracuse Stage), The Heart of Robin Hood & Rip Van Winkle (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Theatre, Broadway National Tour), Knives in Hens (The Shop, 59E59 Theater), Love's Labour's Lost (Great Lakes Theater), Dark Vanilla Jungle (The Shop, Here Arts).

Rami Margron

Oberon, Theseus, Movement Choreographer. Margron (They/Them) is delighted to be back at the Bruns after relocating to NYC 2 ½ years ago. At Cal Shakes: Much Ado About Nothing (Borachio, Margaret, Friar), Twelfth Night (Orsino), Lady Windermere’s Fan (Plimdale, Agatha, Rosalie), Restoration Comedy (Ensemble). Margron has studied over 20 styles of dance and movement in the U.S. and abroad. They perform with African-Diaspora dance companies on both coasts.

Amber Chardae Robinson

Snout, ensemble. Amber Chardae Robinson was born and raised in Port Arthur, Texas. Proud graduate of Prairie View A&M University (B.A. Theatre 2012) and Columbia University (M.F.A. Acting 2015). Recent Film credits: STUBER (20th Century Fox), Always A Bridesmaid, Hell On Wheels, If Not Now, When? Theatre credits: Comedy Of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Light, Fen (Classic Stage Company).

Marcel Spears

Bottom, ensemble. Marcel (he/him) is an LA based actor and writer from New Orleans. He was awarded Classic Stage Company's Rosemarie Tichler Fund Grant in 2015. His most recent theater credits include Ironbound (Geffen), Othello (Classic Stage Company), Judy, written by Max Posner, and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Marcel also stars in CBS’ new comedy THE NEIGHBORHOOD. He holds an MFA in Acting from Columbia University.


Nina Ball

Scenic Designer. Nina’s designs have been seen here at Cal Shakes (The War of the Roses, Everybody, As You Like It, Othello, Twelfth Night, A Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream), as well as American Conservatory Theater, Shotgun Players, SF Playhouse, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Aurora Theatre Company, Center REP, Z Space, and Santa Cruz Shakespeare among many others.

Ásta Bennie Hostetter

Costume Designer. Mrs. Murrays Menagerie (Mad Ones), The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova), Miles for Mary (Playwrights Horizon), Porto (WP Theater), The Wolves (Lincoln Center), The Rape of The Sabine Women (Playwrights Realm), Fulfillment Center (MTC), John (Signature), Men on Boats (Playwrights Horizons), Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night (KCrep), El Coquí Espectacular (Two River), The Mystery of Love and Sex (Signature Theatre)

Philippa Kelly

Resident Dramaturg. Dr. Kelly's (she/her) work has been supported the Fulbright, Rockefeller, and Walter and Eliza Hall Foundations, the Commonwealth Awards, the Centre for Human Emotions, the Walter and Elise Haas Foundation, the California Arts Council, and the Bly Awards for LMDA. The best known of her several books is The King and I. Coming in 2019: Diversity, Inclusion, and Representation in Contemporary Dramaturgy: Case Studies from the Field.

Jessica Berman

Vocal/Text Coach. Jessica Berman (she/her) returns to Cal Shakes after working on The War of the Roses and Fences. Recent dialect and vocal coaching credits include: Paradise Square: A New Musical, Angels in America, and What the Constitution Means to Me (Berkeley Rep), An American in Paris (North American Tour), In Old Age, The Eva Trilogy, and Sojourners (Magic Theatre), and Oslo, The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley, and Shakespeare in Love (Marin Theatre).

Cheryle Honerlah

Stage Manager. Cheryle (she/her) is joining Cal Shakes for her seventh season, where she has Stage Managed black odyssey, Quixote Nuevo and The Glass Menagerie. Previously, was Production Assistant on A Raisin in the Sun, Twelfth Night, and Othello, and was a Cal Shakes' Intern in 2013. Other credits include ACT, TheatreWorks, Shotgun Players, Douglas Morrisson, and African-American Shakespeare Co. B.A. in Technical Theatre: CSU East Bay; AEA.

Mark Seward

Assistant Stage Manager. Mark (he/him) is glad to be working on his first show with Cal Shakes. Last summer, he stage managed three shows at Woodminster Amphitheater and in Chicago with the Organic and Goodman theater companies. Mark has been a facility management executive with the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, Toronto's North York Performing Arts Center and the Fraze Pavilion in Dayton.

Midsummer Program

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all photos: 2019 A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by Kevin Berne

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presenting partners

meyer sound

season partners

city national bank
peet's coffee

season underwriters

James Irvine Foundation
Osher Foundation
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