Companhia da Esquina premiered the sold-out play “Sonho” (“Dream”), inspired by the play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare, at Castelo S. Jorge in Lisbon last Saturday, July 8th.
The play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” was one of the first comedies written by William Shakespeare, in the mid-1590s, after the conclusion of “The Taming of the Shrew”. The original story mixes three simultaneous plots that are interrelated, all with amorous confusions and with a common connection: the marriage of Duke Theseus with the queen of the Amazons Hipólita.
On the scene were Ana Patrícia Ramos, André Nunes, André Vasconcelos, Diogo Bach, Fábio Nóbrega Vaz, José Mateus, Lídia Muñoz, Nuno Bernardo, Pepa Macua, Pedro Martinho, Pedro Pernas, Quimbé, Rita Fernandes and Teresa Manjua.
The staging and dramaturgy were by Jorge Gomes Ribeiro and the original music was by Pedro Pernas, Hugo Furtado (on the guitar), and Dinis Oliveira (on the accordion).
The set design and props were in charge of Marta Fernandes da Silva, the costumes, wardrobe, and make-up belonged to Rita Olivença, Alda Cabrita, and Pessoa Júnior, and the design was by Magaworks.
The sound design and lighting were a work of Paulo Vargues, the production direction was in charge of Ana Patrícia Ramos and the production assistance was by Guilherme Moreira, Márcia Semedo, and Mariana Lopes.
“On a summer night, in a forest, four young people in love meet but also get lost: Lisandro loves Hermia who loves Lisandro and is loved by Demétrio, who is loved by Helena; later, Demétrio loves Helena, who loves Demétrio and is loved by Lisandro, who is loved by Hermia.
In those woods, inhabited by a world of fairies and elves, also Titania, the Queen of the Fairies, falls in love that night with a mortal with the head of a donkey. All of this in “Sonho” inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” written by William Shakespeare.”