William Shakespeare meets disco madness in The Donkey Show, a wild Off-Broadway hit that will be the summer’s big theater event at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

The Studio 54- A Midsummer Night’s Dream mash-up was created in 1999 by director Diane Paulus (Tony Award-nominated for her Broadway revival of Hair) and her playwright husband, Randy Weiner.

“We’re going to cast this locally,” says Scott Shiller, the Arsht’s executive vice president. “It will be an interactive, immersive pop-up disco. …The audience can curate their own experience. They can dance, be engaged in the center of the action, or watch from the sides.”

The Donkey Show has none of Shakespeare’s dialogue but evokes its situations through staging and the lyrics of classic ’70s and ’80s disco songs.

“The whole of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is in it, but there’s no text in the piece,” says playwright Weiner. “… It’s a strange amalgam of theater, dance, nightclub and an environment.”

Now playing  till August 12th.

By: Christine Donnel