A Midsummer Day's Reading

Georgetown Library

A Midsummer Day's Reading

William Shakespeare in SunglassesJoin us at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library as we present A Midsummer Day's Reading, a group reading of the first three acts of William Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream on the day on which the action within the play begins: June 21, also known as midsummer. A celebration of Adult Summer Reading and Shakespeare alike, the reading will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m., and all are invited to participate as readers!

Full of shifting affection and mistaken identity, the play follows four young lovers: Hermia and Lysander, who love each other; Demetrius, who loves Hermia but used to love her friend Helena; and Helena, who still loves Demetrius. Once Hermia is ordered by her father to marry Demetrius, a series of events brings all four characters into the forest, which is also the site of rehearsals for a group of craftsman seeking to put on a play. What none of these characters know is that the woods are already full of fairies who have their own dramas and agendas--as well as the tendency to meddle in human affairs. 

No experience performing or reading publicly is necessary to participate as a reader at this event which, weather permitting, will be held on the Georgetown Neighborhood Library lawn. 

Questions? Interested in participating as a reader? E-mail julia.strusienski@dc.gov