Shakespeare. Socially Distanced.

December 9, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast hosts a special adaptation of Shakespeare, marking our seventh year of collaboration with Asolo Rep and the FSU/Asolo Conservatory. This year, the beloved comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, will be streamed on-demand for five days, beginning December 6th, to be enjoyed in your own home.  A digital talkback is Wednesday, December 9th at 7:00 pm.  This is a lively Q & A with the actors.

Asolo Rep launched BardWired, an online adaptation of its award-winning program, Asolo Rep On Tour, using creative theatrical and filmmaking techniques. The BardWired company is comprised of third-year MFA students from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training and the production was filmed in and around Sarasota creating an innovative theatrical experience that is uniquely Floridian.

Streaming of the Play
Sunday, December 6th at 12:00 pm – Thursday, December 10th 12:00 pm

Live Digital Talkback with Actors
Wednesday, December 9th at 7:00 pm

Register below and the links to the streaming experience and talkback will be sent in your registration confirmation email.

About the Play
One of Shakespeare’s most celebrated comedies, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, uncovers a world of magic just outside the city limits and just inside the human heart. Helena loves Demetrius, Demetrius is after Hermia, and Hermia only has eyes for Lysander.  The fairy royals are having a lover’s spat and Puck is enlisted to exact vengeance. Add a hilarious play-within-a-play and a magical flower and you have a perfect storm of comedy. In a compact adaptation, this mold-breaking tale of freshly-minted love is sure to speak to the experiences of young audiences and inspire them to realize a world where Shakespeare is for anyone and everyone. 

BardWired’s presentation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream challenges the audience to examine the woven stories of The Fairies, The Athenians, and The Mechanicals as they step out of the structures of Athens and discover what truths the forest holds. Throughout this journey are conversations about status, empowerment, gender, and breaking free of the rules and roles that society expects us to play.

For more about the BardWired Program, please visit the Asolo Rep website 


Registration for this free event is required. The meeting link will be sent in your registration confirmation email.

Questions? Please contact Sam Valentin,


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