July 13, 2012 at 12:01 AM

Don’t Make an Ass of Yourself This Summer

“Let Shakespeare’s Puck do it for you…”

By Tom Maguire

Culture Vulture

Tom Maguire is a musician, arts supporter and a guy who travels the Southwest in a 13’ Scamp trailer, because he couldn’t figure out how the tent poles went together.


All my favorites will be there: Theseus, Hippolyta, Hermia, Helena, Oberon, Titania, Puck, Quince and Bottom. And, of course, there is a play within a play – isn’t there always a play within a play?

The Bard’s play itself features three interlocking plots, connected by a celebration of the wedding of Duke Theseus of Athens and the Amazon queen, Hippolyta, and set simultaneously in the woodland, and in the realm of Fairyland, under the light of the moon. Fairyland is ruled over by Oberon and Titania, its king and queen. And, of course there is the impish Puck and the scene where Bottom is spotted by Puck, who, taking his name to be another word for a jackass, transforms his head into that of a donkey...

A mere blog post cannot do this wonderful farce justice – one has to see it performed live. So gather your chairs and blankets and picnic things and head to the bandshell at the Santa Fe University of Art & design any Friday, Saturday or Sunday now through August 12th (no show on Friday, August 3).

The performances are presented by The Santa Fe Shakespeare Society, in conjunction with Teatro Paraguas and the Santa Fe University of Art & Design and directed by Jerry Ferraccio.