A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a cinematic experience of Julie Taymor’s highly acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s intricate and joyous comedy. “Filmed theater, opera and ballet has become a booming niche business in the past decade, but this entry — shot by Rodrigo Prieto with a nimble grace and illuminating focus that put you right there among the audience, and frequently even closer — raises the standard to a new level” (David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter).

Julie Taymor became, in 1998, the first woman to win the Tony Award® for Best Direction of a Musical. The Lion King production also earned her a second Tony® for Best Costumes. Taymor was born in Newton, Massachusetts, studied mime in Paris, and graduated from Oberlin College. She travelled on a Watson fellowship to Japan and Indonesia, where she developed a theatre company of masked dancers and actors. Returning to the United States, she continued her career as a director of theatre, opera, and film. She received a MacArthur fellowship in 1991 and numerous awards for her Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, including Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass, Titus Andronicus, The Taming of the Shrew,and many more. She has directed five operas internationally, including Oedipus Rex with Jessye Norman, for which she earned the International Classical Music Award for Best Opera Production. Her feature films are Titus (1999), Frida(2002), Across the Universe (2007), The Tempest (2010), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2014).

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Museum of Fine Arts Houston (Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet)

Wednesday, November 12 at 7:00 PM
Texas premiere of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
followed by a conversation with director Julie Taymor, moderated by Greg Boyd (Artistic Director, Alley Theatre)

Wednesday, November 12 at 9:45 PM – 11:30 PM
Opening Night party in the MFAH Cullinan Hall, with music by Mango Punch and delicacies provided by Whole Foods Market and Stella Artois