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

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
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

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

Videos

  • Meet The Playwright: Ken Ludwig
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • 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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century, Contemporary
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The boardwalk of a seaside town in modern-day New Jersey.
  • Additional Features: Local Celebrity Cameo, Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music, Stage Combat, Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

5m, 10f

THE REAL WORLD CHARACTERS
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

THE FAIRY WORLD CHARACTERS
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

Titania's Faries:
MOONBEAM
SUNFLOWER
SUNSHINE
TURTLE
PEASBLOSSOM
MUSTARDSEED
COBWEB
MOTE

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Cast Attributes

  • 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)

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 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 " ...

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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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