What with all the fascinating Betty Boop background to discuss in this Medium publication, we may have neglected to mention thus far that a play-within-a-play factors prominently in the narrative of COLLECTIVE RAGE — particularly, a new production of that time-tested Billy Shakespeare classic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Or is it Summer’s Midnight Dream? According to our Boop-like heroes, the jury is still out on the title.
COLLECTIVE RAGE won’t be the first modern day artwork to tip its cap in the direction of this classic Shakespearean comedy of magic, amour, and plays-within-plays — we’ve listed a few others of note, below. However, we promise that the Boops take on the play will be…non-traditional. Anyway, without much further ado:
GET OVER IT(2001)
Starring Kirsten Dunst, Ben Foster and…Sisqó (the early 2000s, man), GET OVER IT is a teen comedy loosely based on Midsummer revolving around a school play that happens to be a musical adaptation of, you guessed it, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Also featuring: Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis, Colin Hanks, and Coolio!
STRANGE MAGIC (2015)
This animated feature-length film tells a story inspired by Midsummer from George Lucas, starring Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, and Alfred Molina. Though it’s paying homage to an Elizabethan comedy, according to The New York Times, it feels more like “Avatar scored to a karaoke competition.” That might explain the movie’s score of 16% on Rotten Tomatoes. Yikes.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S SEX COMEDY (1982)
A loose adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s Smiles of a Summer Night that also incorporates elements of Shakespeare’s play, this movie is pretty much only significant in that it’s the only time a Woody Allen film has been nominated for a Razzie Award…which, really, is kind of harder to believe than the plot of Midsummer itself.
WERE THE WORLD MINE (2008)
An openly gay student at a private school is cast as Puck in the school play, and discovers a real-life way to replicate the love-in-idleness potion in the play. Experiments with sexual orientation/fluidity ensue. 71% on Rotten Tomatoes…best yet!
Suffice it to say, our own piece of art featuring a Midsummer homage is our favorite. Make sure you check out COLLECTIVE RAGE, at Woolly starting 9/12!