The Donkey Show (musical)

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The Donkey Show
A Midsummer Night's Disco
Music various
Lyrics various
Book Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner
Basis A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
Productions 1999 Off-Broadway

The Donkey Show: A Midsummer Night's Disco is a theatrical adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The production, created in a disco-era style, was written by Diane Paulus and her husband Randy Weiner and the members of Project 400, Emily Hellstrom, Jordin Ruderman, Rachel Murdy and Anna Wilson. It first appeared Off-Broadway, opening August 18, 1999.[1] The show subsequently ran for six years including venues in England, Scotland, France and Spain. In 2009, the show was revived by the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for which Paulus is Artistic Director.[2][3][4] The club/theater space used in Cambridge is called OBERON, after the king of the fairies in A Midsummer Night's Dream.


  1. ^ Internet Off-Broadway Database
  2. ^ Megan Tench, "Disco inferno", The Boston Globe, August 23, 2009
  3. ^ Corydon Ireland, "‘The Donkey Show’ kicks off a first season for Diane Paulus", Harvard Gazette, September 1, 2009
  4. ^ Adam Hetrick, "Paulus Launches Her Inaugural A.R.T. Season with The Donkey Show Aug. 21",, 21 Aug 2009

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