|A Midsummer Night's Dream
Role Plays from
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Submitted by: Amy Ulen
(adapted from a lesson by Amy Ulen and Erik Johnke)
Date: August 1994
To allow students to connect the lovers' relationships with their own personal
experiences or that of people they know.
Midsummer Night's Dream text (Act I, scene 1, lines 128-251).
- Divide students into pairs.
- Assign the following couples to your students -- Holly & Luke,
Helen & David, Holly & Helen, or Luke & David.
- Ask couples to create a history of their relationship...be specific!
- How and when did you meet?
- What do you like about each other?
- What do you do together?
- (for the romantic relationships) What's your song? Etc.
- Set the scene by reading the following situation:
Holly and Helen have been best friends since elementary school. They grew up
in the same neighborhood, and treat each other like sisters. When Holly fell in love with
Luke, Helen was a little envious of Holly's relationship, but she was also happy for her
Holly wanted Helen to be as happy as she was, so she set Helen
up with Luke's friend, David. David and Helen went out for a few months, but then David
broke it off. Helen was distraught. She didn't know why he would dump her; he had said
that he loved her.
This morning at school, Helen overheard one of David's friends
say that David was in love with Holly.
- Role Plays (students may remain in their original pairs or perform
their scene with another classmate):
- Scene 1 ~ Helen and Holly
Helen confronts Holly about David.
Holly must convince Helen that she is not interested in David.
- Scene 2 ~ David and Helen
Helen must convince David to stay in their relationship.
- Scene 3 ~ Holly and Luke
Holly asks Luke to help her convice Helen she doesn't like David.
Luke wants to go confront David.
- Scene 4 ~ Luke and David
Luke confronts David about his feelings for Luke's girlfriend, Holly.
- In groups of six, enact Act I, scene 1, lines 128-251 (three people
will feed-in the scene to the three actors).
- Questions for discussion/homework:
- What were the similarities/differences between the role play and the
- How do the characters handle the situation?
- How would you handle it?
- How would Helena be different if she were alive today? Hermia?
- Journal Writing -- choose a character and write an entry in his or
her journal/diary about this situation.
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