Short Version of Midsummer Night's Dream
Once there was to be a Royal Wedding in Athens. This Royal Wedding was for Theseus, Duke of the City and his bride to be is Hippolyta. They are to be married in 4 days on the 1st of May. While they are discussing their wedding plans, a citizen of the Duke Egeus comes complaining that his daughter Hermia will not marry Demetrius, a an approved by me, the father. Hermia will not marry Demetrius, because she is in love with someone else. The someone else is the object of her affection Lysander. Egeus says that Lysander has won her over with compliments and gifts. The Duke comes and points out to Hermia that it is a law in Athens to go against a fathers wishes. And that if she refuses to marry Demetrius she will either be commended to death or will spend the rest of her as a nun in the convent. The Duke gives Hermia 4 days to decide what she is going to do. Now Hermia and Lysander decide to run away to Lysanders Aunts house some distance away from Athens. They decide to tell Helena , Hermias good friend from school, but Helena disobeys them. She disobeys them, because she is in love with Demetrius and at one time Demetrius was in love with her. So helena thinks that if she tells Demetrius that Lysander and Hermia are running away that Demetrius will be kind and graceful to her. now Demetrius is going to follow Lysander and Hermia into the woods and Helena decides to follow Demetrius. Meanwhile some ordinary folk in Athens decide to put on a play for The Duke and his bribe. Among the ordinary folk are Quince, Snug, Bottom, Flute, Snout, and Starveling, but they do not know a thing about acting or writing a play to be acted out. These men can not agree on who should play what so they decide to meet at moonlight in the Woods. Now inside this same Woods that the men are meeting and that Lysander and Hermia are going to run away in the King and Queen fairies are to be found. They have come here in honor of the wedding. One of Oberons attendants, Puck, overhears a quarrel about a young Indian boy between Oberon and Titania. They both want the Indian boy to work for them. Oberon plays a trick on Titania by placing magic flower juice over her eyelids so that she will fall in love with the first thing she sees when she awakens. Demetrius enters the woods in search of Hermia and Lysander, but he is angry that he is followed by the forelorn, Helena. Oberon overhears the conversation between Demetrius and Helena. He feels sorry for Helena and decides to have Puck place the magic flower juice on Demetrius. If his plan works, Demetrius should fall in love with Helena. Puck mistakenly puts the magic flower on Lysander instead of Demetrius. It is nightfall. Lysander and Hermia fall fast asleep. Helena finds Lysander in the woods and awakens him. Lysander and Helena go off together, now in love. All the tradesmen meet in the woods. Puck, being mischievious, turns Bottom's head into an ass. Embarrassed and frightened by his friends, Bottom runs away accidently waking up Titania. Titania falls in love with ass-head Bottom. Demetrius finds Hermia in the woods and they fall in love. In the end, the magic potion wears off. All back to normal, Hermia and Lysander get married as well as Helena and Demetrius.