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Act IV, i “Come sit thee down upon this flowery bed,

While I thy amiable cheeks do coy,

And stick musk-roses in thy sleek smooth head,

And kiss thy fair large ears, my gentle joy.”

Bottom [Benjamin Rishworth] and Titania [Joanie Schumacher]

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III ii: “I go, I go, look how I go!

Swifter than an arrow from the Tartar's bow.”

Puck [Kristen Hammer]

II i: Oberon: Ill met by moonlight, proud Titania.

Titania: What, jealous Oberon? Fairies skip hence;

         I have foresworn his bed and company.

II i: Oberon: Why should Titania cross her Oberon? /I do but beg a little changling boy/To be my henchman. Titania: Set your heart at rest:

        The fairy land buys not the child of me.

Oberon [Geoffrey Dawe]; Titania [Joanie Schumacher],

Indian chilld [Kaleb Szabo]

V i: Helena [Carrie-ann Brown] and Demetrius [Matt Mercer]

are also married at the Duke's court.

V i: Hermia [Katherine Kelly Lidz] and Lysander [Jon Dean] are joyfully wed.

V i: Hippolita: 'Tis strange, my Theseus, that these lovers speak of.

Theseus: More strange than true. I never may believe

         These antique fables, nor these fairy toys.

         Lovers and madmen have such seething brains

         Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend

         More than cool reason ever comprehends.

         The lunatic, the lover, and the poet

         Are of imagination all compact.

Hippolyta [Patricia McNamara]; and Theseus [Peter Herrick]

V i: Thus die I, thus, thus, thus!

Now am I dead,

Now am I fled.

Botton as Pyramus [Benjamin Rishworth]

V i: And farewell, friends;

Thus Thisbe ends:

Adieu, adieu, adieu!

Francis Flute as Thisbe [Jonathan J. Lidz]

II ii: You spotted snakes with double tongue,

Thorny hedgehogs, be not seen;

Newts and blindworms do no wrong,

Come not near our fairy queen.

philomel, with melody,

Sing in our sweet lullaby. 

Peaseblossom [Sri Gordon]; and Titania [Joanie Schumacher]

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