The Promposal is a short play about four high school students trying to ask one another to the prom. This play is based on our interpretation of lines 124-355 of Act 3 of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare.*SPOILER ALERT* In the play, both Lysander and Demetrius ask Harry (the male version of Shakespeare’s Helena) to the prom and Hermia complains to Lysander about him ditching her by asking someone else to the prom. Harry, however, thinks they are all pulling an elaborate prank on him.
Charlotte, who plays Hermia, handled the staging and the script.
Bill, who plays Demetrius, designed the costumes.
Lars, who plays Harry, chose the music and edited the video.
I chose the props and arranged the set, and I also play Lysander.
Click here for the Director’s Notebook for The Promposal
For the Director’s notebook, I contributed the props and arranged the setting. The props included 2 prom tickets and 2 phones etc. My group mainly focused on the theme that love cannot be won by force, which theme was shown through Hermia failing to get Lysander’s love back after he fell in love with Harry and shown through Lysander and Demetrius both falling in love with Harry and both failing to win Harry’s love. My character, Lysander, furthers the theme by falling in love with Harry and trying to let Harry love me while Demetrius tries to win Harry’s love, but both ultimately failed. Furthermore, Lysander rejects Hermia when she is trying to win his love back by force, thus strenghening the theme that love cannot be won.
The setting is in high school where the characters are new to love. They have a lot to learn about it means to truly love someone.