Julie Taymor's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' To Screen For The First Time In L.A.
Julie Taymor's strange and stunning adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream will screen in Los Angeles next month. Taymor, who is best known for her Broadway adaptation of The Lion King and the anachronistic 1999 film Titus, put on a gorgeous and dreamy production of the Shakespeare comedy in New York in 2013. Now, you can watch a film version of that production at Los Angeles' Crest Theater on May 22.
When Taymor's A Midsummer Night's Dream opened, it played at a Brooklyn theatre with only 300 seats in the venue, according to IndieWire. To make the film, Taymor said they shot four separate performances with four cameras, then did closer shots onstage via hand-held camera.
In theater, you're usually looking at the person who's talking — and, quite often, the back of the person who's listening. In the movie, you get reaction shots, and it actually makes the language twice as clear, twice as moving, twice as layered as live theater. That's why I love Shakespeare on film.
The play feature music from composer Elliot Goldenthal, who Taymor worked with on Titus, and stars David Harewood (Homeland) as Oberon and Max Casella (The Sopranos, Vinyl) as Nick Bottom.
The film screened on June 22 in 2015 at multiple theaters, but this is the first time the film will play in Los Angeles. This year is also the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, and there are plenty of events honoring the playwright happening around the world.