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The Mechanics who perform the play within the play in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" on the Old Globe's Festival Stage.

To freshen Shakespeare’s popular comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at stages this summer, directors are taking a range of conceptual directions.

Bottom's Donkey Head 2011 photos of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Utah Shakespeare Festival

Bottom symbolizes the humiliating effects of arrogance and ignorance. Bottom symbolizes the inevitable downfall of overconfidence. Bottom symbolizes obliviousness to reality due to having unrealistic aspirations.

The Mechanicals in A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Globe |

Pearce Quigley as Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Globe Theatre,