Wednesday, Jul 11, 2018 7:30p -
Sunday, Jul 29, 2018 9:30p
99 Marginal Street
Chelsea, MA 02150
Apollinaire in the Park 2018 • July 11-29, Wed.-Sun. at 7:30 • FREE
Free parking is available on site.
In case of rain, call (617) 887-2336 to check status.
Audience members are encouraged to bring blankets and beach chairs, a picnic to enjoy along with the harbor views, and walking shoes for the 2 moves during the performance.
Known for its comedy, magic, and romance, Midsummer has a disturbing dark side too. The play kicks off with an engagement forged in war, a father threatening death to his daughter, and an escape into the woods where the environment has been decimated by the force of a fairy feud.
"And thorough this distemperature we see
The seasons alter... and the mazed world,
By their increase, now knows not which is which”
In these times of environmental destruction and climate change, it’s striking to see these concerns front and center in Midsummer. Only by setting aside their pride and desire to dominate can the inhabitants of the world of Midsummer (fairies and mortals both) create harmony and rebuild the world they want to live in.
The play begins and ends in the court of Athens, with those scenes staged in the park’s lush green waterfront “amphitheater,” but as the lovers flee the unjust justice of the court, they enter into a world destroyed by wind and flood where only salt remains.
This now barren landscape is being created by artist Marc Poirier as an extension of the massive salt piles looming next to the harbor below the Tobin Bridge. Timbers salvaged from the Hingham Naval Shipyard form a crib structure filled with salt to create this haunting world.