A Midsummer Night's Dream

Objectives and Outcomes


City College of New York, and the Department of Theatre in particular, have a highly diverse student population. One of the main objectives of this production was to celebrate the diverse sexual orientations and gender identities found at CCNY. Another objective was to make Shakespeare's text accessible for modern young audiences through representation and inclusivity.


This production of A Midsummer Night's Dream emphasized LGBTQ relationships resulting in an inclusive interpretation of the play. By exploring the fluidity of love and gender, it opens up new avenues for storytelling and character development.

One outcome was the highlighting of same-sex relationships. In this adaptation, the roles of Oberon and Titania were switched so that Oberon was enchanted and fell in love with Bottom. This choice added depth and complexity to these characters' dynamics, challenging traditional heteronormative interpretations.

Additionally, the production emphasized themes of self-discovery and acceptance by depicting characters grappling with their sexual orientation or gender identity. For example, the lovers, through Puck’s mischief with the love-in-idleness flower, were an exploration not only of the traditional couplings of Demetrius/Helena and Lysander/Hermia, but also an exploration of same-sex attraction between Demetrius/Lysander and Helena/Hermia.  The character of Puck was reimagined as transgender and was played by a transgender actor.

By centering LGBTQ relationships, this production fostered a sense of inclusivity and representation, resonating with the diverse audience at City College so they might find themselves reflected on stage. It provided an opportunity to explore universal themes of love, desire, and identity through a lens that celebrates the LGBTQ community.

Ultimately, directing A Midsummer Night's Dream with a focus on LGBTQ relationships allowed for a reinterpretation of the play that broke free from traditional gender norms, fostered inclusivity, and created a space for meaningful exploration of love and identity.