A Midsummer Night's Dream portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. These include a group of working stiffs - Shakespeare calls them “rude mechanicals” – who struggle to produce a play as their part of the ceremony. Among them is the famous Bottom the Weaver, who is later turned into a jassack.
(Also for Three Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "W" is for "Whalen")
I wrote the following scenelet, thinking it might suggest one of the Shakespeare plays. Which play?
Jim: This meeting better be important. We got three more trucks to load and they gotta be ready to roll out tomorrow morning.
Pete: Right. We’ll keep this short. As you know, our CEO is getting married next week and they’re planning a special ceremony for him. Couple of the departments will be doing some stuff so I thought we could do something too.
Dan: Why? Mr Whalen is up there on the top floor. He never comes down to shipping to see what we do. I don’t think he knows we exist.
Pete: Well, here’s your chance to let him know.
Fred: We’re supposed to perform - sing and dance?
Pete: No. Mr. Whalen studied classics in college. He’s very familiar with classical drama, the playwrights from ancient Rome and Greece. So I had a great idea. He’d be absolutely bowled over if some of his employees, blue-collar guys, connived to do a scene from Euripides for his entertainment.
Jim: Are you kiddin’? Maybe bowled over from laughing, more like. We ain’t actors; we’re working stiffs.
Dan: There's a certain amount of intrigue here; you got this idea because you think it’ll make you look good to Whalen.
Pete: It’ll make us all look good. Now come on, here’s your parts all typed up. You’re going to get a kick out of this once you get into it.
Fred (vehemently): What’s this? I’m supposed to play a lion? Forget about it; there’s no way I could remember my part.
Pete: I figured that, Fred. All it consists of is roaring. Anyone can do that.
Jim: Why do I have the feelin’ this is a disaster lookin’ to happen?
Pete: If we all get together and work as a team I know we can do a good job. As I said other departments will be doing something for the occasion too, but if we concentrate on this and rehearse it well we can knock the socks off everyone there.
Dan: They can keep their socks on, far as I care.