Julie Taymor returns to directing with 'Midsummer Night's Dream'

Since being fired in 2011 from the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," director Julie Taymor has kept a relatively low public profile, her time presumably occupied by the ongoing lawsuit between her and the show's producers. 

Taymor might be considered damaged goods when it comes to Broadway, but her trademark innovative style still has its fans. In her first directing gig since the "Spider-Man" debacle, Taymor will return to her roots by staging a new production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn.

The production is scheduled to open Nov. 2 and will be the inaugural production of the company's new permanent home near Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood. Taymor will once again team up with her longtime partner, the Oscar-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal, who will write the music for the comedy. 

Taymor previously worked with Theatre for a New Audience in 1986 on a production of Shakespeare's "The Tempest." She subsequently directed two more Shakespearean plays for the New York company -- "The Taming of the Shrew" and "Titus Andronicus."

The director has also made film versions of "The Tempest" and "Titus."

"Midsummer" is set to begin preview performances on Oct. 19.

Taymor reached a tentative settlement in her legal battle with the producers of "Spider-Man" in August. But it has been reported as recently as this month that no final deal has been reached yet.


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