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Ken Ludwig's Midsummer/Jersey - Full Length Play, Comedy

Ken Ludwig's Midsummer/Jersey

Ken Ludwig

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Full Length Play, Comedy

5m, 10f

ISBN: 9780573700767

"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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Minimum Fee: $100 per performance


Full Length Play


Adaptations (Shakespeare), Parody / Spoof, Romantic Comedy

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century, Contemporary

Settings Of Play - The boardwalk of a seaside town in modern-day New Jersey.


Local Celebrity Cameo, Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music, Stage Combat, Special Effects

Cutting Approved for Competition, Scene work, Competition or audition material

Exterior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set, Opportunity for Spectacle

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes


No Special Cautions


Appropriate for all audiences, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)


Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Outdoor, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

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.

"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

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



5m, 10f


Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Cross gender casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Features Teens, Flexible casting, Local Celebrity Cameo, Multicultural casting, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)


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.


No Chorus

The Adults
PATRICIA PLATT – Wildwood High School principal. Intelligent, middle-aged female.
CHRIS ATHENS – Governor of New Jersey, early 40s, young and hip, good guy
HIPPOLYTA – Governor’s fiancé, smart, upbeat and sensitive
PHYLLIS TRAIT - Governor’s secretary, always carrying a note pad and checking items off
JUSTINE DICARLO - Governor’s chief of staff, Mia’s (Cookie) mother
RUFUS DICARLO – Justine’s husband, Mia’s father, very shy and afraid of Justine, his wife

The Four High School Crushes
MIA "COOKIE" DICARLO – a volatile ball of energy, sassy, bold and emotional; in love with Lyle
LYLE "THE UNDERSTATEMENT" FAGIOLI – farcical macho lover, buff and self-confident; in love with Mia
DENIS – in love with Mia (Cookie), buff and self-confident, had a “thing” with Helene
HELENE – in love with Denis; romantically tormented, also sassy and emotional; works at the lobster place 
MATAWAN; a taller version of Mia

The Hair Salon Attendants – they are practicing their play of Romeo and Juliet in hopes of being chosen to perform for the Governor and Hippolyta on their wedding day.
PATTI QUINCE – owns the salon
NIKKI BOTTOM – stylist; has an overinflated opinion of her own acting talent; overacts everything and wants to play every part of the play within the play
FRANCI FLUTE – tanning specialist
JANET SNUG – manicures, very shy
TERRI THUMBS - massage
ROBERT SUDDS – shampoo specialist

OBERON – king of the fairies, extraordinary in looks, dress and attitude
TITANIA – queen of the fairies, extraordinary in looks, dress and attitude, she and Oberon are fighting because she didn’t buy him the muscle car he wanted for his birthday.
ROBIN GOODFELLOW (PUCK) – endearing and mischievous sprite; Oberon’s messenger; must be athletic

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  • Meet The Playwright: Ken Ludwig

Ken Ludwig

Ken Ludwig

Ken Ludwig is a two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright whose work is performed throughout the world in more than thirty countries and over twenty languages. He has written twenty-four plays and musicals, with six Broadway productions and seven in London’s West End. His Tony-winning play Lend Me A Tenor, was called "one of the classic comedies of the 20th century” by The Washington Post. His ... view full profile

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Georgann Lanich 1/28/2016 9:59 AM
A classic connected to pop culture--win win with high school actors!  My students are pretty savvy about good humor and they love this script.  In true Ken Ludwig style, the students and audience are called to use their own experiences and knowledge to fully enjoy the quick pace of the language and action.  Excellent to examine type of humor with a class. The shift from classic to pop culture keeps it lively.  There is a lot of room for personal expression while having sound structure for the action to move forward.  Lots of opportunity for simple, yet attractive sets, costumes and make-up.  Good acting challenges, fun for actor and audience!
Jim Ryan 6/18/2015 1:46 PM
Fortunately, I didn't have to. It's main value is as a guide to someone who wants to rewrite Shakespeare for their own troupe - clearly what was done here. This script might give a clever director some thoughts about how to go about such a project, but I wouldn't actually use the script.
Kori Hemming 3/20/2015 12:28 PM

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