My Play Produced in New York!
In mid-November, Falconer Central School staged a production of my one-act play, “A Midsummer Night’s Recollection,” an Appalachian version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream—specifically, the “Pyramus and Thisbe” scene from Act V, scene i. The scene where the “rude mechanicals” perform a play for the wedding feast.
I’d written my play about fifteen years ago for Grace Toney Edwards’ Appalachian Literature class that I took through Radford University for teacher recertification. For our grade, we had to do a project. I decided to translate a work of Shakespeare into a down-home Appalachian version. I got an A.
I messed with my script for a few years afterwards and even entered it into a contest where it won a third place but no money. The anonymous judge commented that I should have given the characters “hillbilly” names. (I don’t think so!)
When I taught at Ferrum College, I let Tina Hanlon post “A Midsummer Night’s Recollection” on her AppLit site. Through the years, a few schools have requested permission to stage it. I’ve always granted permission.
Falcon Productions were going to send me a video, but they had “technical problems with the recorder.” The director wrote me, however, that the play “was a real hit!”
Through the centuries, other weird versions of the “Pyramus and Thisbe” have been done—such as this one performed by sock puppets.
But, if you want a real hit—take a look at this classic Beatles version from the 1960s, with Paul McCartney playing Pyramus.
Is that Beatles' version cool, or what? Too bad they didn't have my script.