The Pendant Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night's Dream - Act I
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Air Date November 19, 2007
Written by

William Shakespeare

Directed by David Alexander McDonald
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In the opening scene, Hermia refuses to follow her father Egeus's instructions to marry Demetrius, whom he has chosen for her to wed. In response, Egeus quotes before Theseus an ancient Athenian law whereby a daughter must marry the suitor chosen by her father, or else face death. Theseus offers her another choice: lifelong chastity worshiping the goddess Diana as a nun.

At that same time, Peter Quince and his fellow players gather to produce a stage play, "The Most Lamentable Comedy and Most Cruel Death of Pyramus and Thisbe", for the Duke and the Duchess. Quince reads the names of the production's characters and bestows them to the players. Nick Bottom who is playing the main role of Pyramus, is over-enthusiastic and wants to dominate others by suggesting himself for the characters of Thisbe, The Lion and Pyramus at the same time. Also, he would rather be a tyrant and recites some lines of Ercles or Hercules. Quince ends the meeting saying, "At the Duke's oak we meet." [1]


David Ault as Lysander

Kathryn Pryde as Helena

Fiona Thraille as Hippolyta

Jerry Crawford as Flute

Philip Weber as Theseus

Perry Whittle as Egeus

Quint as Starveling

Ara Pelodi as Hermia

Chris Brittain as Snug

Daniel Munson as Demetrius

Chris Pyle as Quince

Lee Sands as Snout

David Alexander McDonald as Bottom

Original TextEdit

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Play Text


  • This episode marked the premiere of The Pendant Shakespeare.
  • This episode also marked Pendant's first venture into reproductions of classic works.
  1. Edited excerpt, courtesy of Wikipedia.