Thoughts on Puck

  • Jan. 11th, 2010 at 3:45 PM
my_daroga: Orson Welles (orson)
This week, rehearsals began for a 50's rock 'n roll version of A Midsummer Night's Dream in which I play Puck. I wanted to get some preliminary thoughts down, in an effort to work through how I'm going to do this, and I thought other people might be interested.

The way the script is put together, basically, 50's pop/rock songs are scattered throughout cut but otherwise unaltered Shakespeare. A prologue is added which I find not only unnecessary but problematic, and here's why:

It makes explicit certain aspects of the period and setting which alter the dynamics between the characters despite the language of Shakespeare being intact in the rest of the play. To wit: The setting is high school. Theseus is the principal, Hippolyta the drama/gym teacher and his fiance. Oberon and Titania are high school royalty, the Mechanicals are mostly former graduate ne'er do wells, and Puck is the (explicitly female) freshman class clown who follows Oberon around.

So far so good (sort of--the prologue is not at ALL Shakespearean in tone, and I fear will do more to confuse than clear up), but what does it mean when we get to the lines which imply a former relationship between Oberon and Hippolyta, or Theseus and Titania? That's not, ultimately, my problem, and good thing. The problems facing Puck are more interesting, I think.
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