Portland Center Stage presents William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” June 9 through July 2 on the mainstage. When four young lovers escape their oppressive society and seek refuge in the fairies’ woods on a midsummer night, mayhem ensues. Tickets ($25 to $93) are on sale at pcs.org/a-midsummer-nights-dream, including sliding scale tickets for BIPOC affinity night, a.k.a. The People’s Party, at 7:30 p.m. June 30. Regular performances are 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Matinee performances are 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
When Hermia refuses to let oppressive Athenian law keep her from happiness, she and her true love Lysander rush off to elope. Helena, hoping to catch the attention of Hermia’s discarded prospect, tells Demetrius about Hermia’s plan, and all four lovers escape to the enchanted woods. There, they cross paths with a bumbling band of theater makers, fiendish fairies with a penchant for magic revenge spells, and several mistaken love matches.