Midsummer of Love

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love with We Players!


Written by William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Ava Roy

An erotic comedy of consent, cruelty, and control...

Journey into a forest full of fairies and lovers with We Players’ six-person adaptation of Shakespeare's steamy, summer, all time favorite. A dark and hilarious exploration of the complexities of love, our complicated human relationships, and the boundaries between reality and imagination. Lush, effusive, bursting at the seams - like nature in the middle of summer.

Double the magic with performances in two fantastical forests...
We Players is thrilled to work with the San Francisco department of Recreation and Parks for the first time, offering a dozen performances in Golden Gate Park. We're breaking ground in the East Bay as well, offering four performances in Kennedy Grove, part of the East Bay Regional Parks District.  


Atop Strawberry Hill in Stow Lake, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco

An easy climb.  Bring water and layers - if the fog rolls in, it will get COLD and damp!  As always with We Players productions, please wear comfortable close-toed walking shoes.  We are pleased to accommodate guests with mobility needs at this site.  Please contact reservations@weplayers.org with the date you plan to attend so we can be sure to support your unique needs. 

6:30PM, Thursday - Sunday
June 22-25
July 6 - 9  
6PM, Thursday - Sunday
July 27 - 30 

In a shady grove of live oaks at the summit of Kennedy Grove in El Sobrante

One of the East Bay's hidden gems, this wild park is just 20 minutes from Berkeley.  Choose this site if you are up for a rigorous 20+ minute hike up hill through beautiful forest that emerges to an sunny vista before tucking back into a cool grove of live oaks.  It will be HOT!  Bring water, sunscreen, sun hat, layers - and of course, comfortable close-toed walking shoes.  We are unable to accommodate guests with mobility needs at this site due to the steep incline, narrow trails, and uneven terrain. 

6PM, Saturday and Sunday
July 15 & 16
July 22 & 23

Join us for a performance at both sites and enjoy double the magic!
Experience the transformation of the same show in a new setting, awaken your senses, and learn how the site informs the essence of the work.

Funds raised via Kickstarter will help us to pay our Midsummer of Love people a fair wage for the countless hours they'll spend building this thing of dark and wild beauty.

Be a champion of the arts! Help We Players and our team of artists thrive!

+ Midsummer of Love FAQ - click to expand

How long is the performance?
Approximately 2 hours, and there is no intermission. Restrooms are accessible before the show begins, but not during the performance.

How accessible is this production?
Mobility needs can be accommodated and will be addressed on a case by case basis, please contact Loe Matley at loe@weplayers.org to request assistance. Folding stools will be provided for the audience.

My budget is very limited, how can I get discounted tickets?
You can join the "Midsummer of Love" Rush Ticket mailing list for a chance at last-minute half-price tickets if they become available.

This project looks really interesting! Can I volunteer with We Players?
Absolutely! Join us in bringing magic to the glade! Click here to learn more and sign up.

How do I get there? Where do I park?
Strawberry Hill, Stow Lake, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Please arrange to carpool with friends or travel by bus if possible, as parking is limited.
Some parking can be found at the Stow Lake boat house and all along Stow Lake drive.

Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation Area, El Sobrante.
This map link will guide you to the Grove's parking area.

What is the recommended age for youths attending this production?
A Midsummer Night's Dream is Shakespeare's most erotic play, and our production of Midsummer of Love explores the intense sexuality of the language as well as celebrating the freedom of expression in the counter-culture of "flower children" throughout the ages. Please be advised when bringing young people to the show that there will be sexual references.

What should I wear?
Comfortable close-toed walking shoes are a good foundation for any We Players experience. Veterans of our performances know that light and warm clothing layers help one avoid over- or under-heating during the journey --- add or remove them as needed. Top your layers off with a knitted hat, gloves, and a wind- and water-proof shell jacket, and you're ready for almost anything the sky chooses to share with us.

To help you carry the items you're not wearing, a small pack is handy, plus you can stash snacks and a water bottle.

Please plan to turn your cell phone completely off. Photos and video are not permitted during the performance. Besides, we're making a trip into another realm - immerse yourself completely and leave the distractions behind...

What about food and drinks?
We Players' productions are intended to engage ALL of the senses. Succulent summer fruits will become a part of your Midsummer of Love experience. Please plan to bring your own water bottle.

What if my question is not answered here?
For questions about the production and performance, please contact We Players at info@weplayers.org.

+ The Cast

Nathaniel Justiniano: Bottom/ Lysander
Amy Nowak: Snug/ Hermia
Nick Dickson: Flute/ Demetrius
Ava Roy: Quince/ Helena
John Steele: Puck: Titania
Britt Lauer: Puck: Oberon

+ The Production Team

Adapted and Directed by Ava Roy

Nathaniel Justiniano: Assistant Director

Charlie Gurke: Music Director & Composer
Anne Kelly: Production Stage Manager
Brooke Jennings: Costume Designer

+ The Play

The Dream like you’ve never seen before! Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love; our Midsummer is an erotic comedy of consent, cruelty, and control. Conceived by We Players’ Artistic Director Ava Roy, this six person adaptation is a dark and hilarious exploration of the complexities of love, our complicated human relationships, and the boundaries between reality and imagination. Lush, effusive, bursting at the seams - like nature in the middle of summer.

Staged in both Golden Gate Park and Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation Center, we leave the coastline that is present in so many of our productions and head into the verdant, lush, and luxurious forest. This faeryland is one of wonders both luminous and darkly twisted, a world containing both whimsy and frightening displays of power. At first, you’ll meet the four mechanicals - Bottom, Quince, Snug, and Flute - following them into the forest where they plan to rehearse their play, “Pyramus and Thisbe”. But once in the woods, a pair of wickedly mischievous pucks begin to work their magic, transforming the mechanicals into the lovers and back again, taking on roles of royalty themselves, and delighting in the chaos of unexpected love pairings - all while working out their own terrific and terrible fantasies. In the forest, anything can happen.

In classic We Players style, we invite our audiences to engage with all of their senses. Get your blood pumping as you hike uphill, then rest in the shade of trees and feel the moss underfoot, tune in to the gorgeous original musical score as well as quacking and splashing ducks from nearby Stow Lake or the hawks screeching overhead in Kennedy Grove, and savor luscious, juicy summer fruits provided by the devilishly seductive pucks.

March 13