Ken Ludwig's Midsummer/Jersey

by  Ken Ludwig

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  5m, 10f

"A seamless blend of MTV reality show Jersey Shore and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream... with fresh, poetic dialogue, frequent recitations of authentic quotes, and countless pop culture references." - Fairfax Connection

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Ken Ludwig's Midsummer/Jersey

Ken Ludwig's Midsummer/Jersey

by  Ken Ludwig

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 10f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Shakespeare), Parody / Spoof, Romantic Comedy
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Midsummer/Jersey is the hilarious high-octane re-telling of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream set on the boardwalk of a seaside town in modern-day New Jersey. The story revolves around the impending marriage of the Governor of New Jersey, the love affairs of four beach-bound high school crushes, a lively crew of fairies and the staff of the local beauty salon (run by Patti Quince and Stylist Nikki Bottom). The night takes a magical turn when Oberon and the impish Puck arrive on the scene armed with a powerful love potion and a desire for mischief making. With several weddings and the acting careers of six beauticians hanging in the balance, the lovers take to the boardwalk, backed by pop music and an iPhone-obsessed wood sprite.
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Reviews

"Appealing to the cultural tastes and theatrical ambitions of the [next] generation" - The Washington Post

"A sensational jest of pop culture and examines the test of true love... An explosive combination of brassy personalities and bold hilarity"- Fairfax Station Patch

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  • Meet The Playwright: Ken Ludwig
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Considerations

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The boardwalk of a seaside town in modern-day New Jersey.

Music

  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

5m, 10f
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Cross gender casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Roles for Teens
  • Flexible casting
  • Multicultural casting
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Without doubling, at least 27 actors, 22 women and 5 men (but opportunities for more fairies, both male and female). With doubling, 15 actors: 10 women and 5 men.

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Authors

Ken Ludwig

Ken Ludwig has had six shows on Broadway and seven in London’s West End, and his plays and musicals have been performed in more than 30 countries in over 20 languages. Lend Me a Tenor, which the Washington Post called “one of the classic comedies of the 20th century,” won two Tony Awards and was no ...

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Midsummer/Jersey received its world premiere in November 2011 at James Robinson High School in Fairfax, VA where it played to sold-out houses.

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