Hermia loves Lysander. But she is promised to Demetrius. Lysander and Hermia decide to meet in the woods and get married. But Helena, who loves Demetrius, finds out about the lovers plan and tells him in her desperation for his affection.
An amateur theatre troupe rehearses a play, a love story, for a big upcoming event in the town. They make plans to rehearse the next night in secret in the woods, so the show will be a surprise to all.
Meet a warring couple from a fairy world - Oberon and Titania. He accuses her of infidelity and she accuses him of exaggerating and being possessive. Tired of her ways, Oberon talks to Puck, his aid and slave- Puck is to find a purple flower that had been struck by Cupids arrow.
The juice of it, if put upon someones eyes, will make that person fall in love with the next person that he or she sees. Oberon wants to put it on Titanias eyes & teach her a lesson- he hopes that when she wakes up she sees a bear or lion or some other animal, which she will immediately fall madly in love with. Puck returns with the juice. It is poured on her eyes.
The lovers are in the forest too by now, chasing and running away from one another. Demetrius has come in looking for Hermia and Helena has followed Demetrius. Meanwhile, Lysander and Hermia rest awhile. Mistaking Lysander for Demetrius and taking pity on Helena, Puck hopes to resolve this messy foursome and pours some juice on Lysanders eyes. But when Lysander wakes, he sees Helena first and has a change of heart adding to the confusion. He chases Helena and leaves Hermia behind.
The theatre troupe debates roles, discusses and fights over each others lines and characters. Puck watches them play terribly and decides to have some fun. He transforms Bottom, into a half donkey. Bottom is unaware and comes upon Titania who wakes up, looks at this donkey, and falls in love with him. He is confused but quite enamoured by Titania. They make love.
The lovers re-enter & Demetrius falls asleep for moment, exhausted from chasing Hermia. Puck aims to set things right and pours some of the juice on Demetrius eyes. But when Demetrius spots Helena, both the men woo her and Hermia is abandoned. It leads to big chaotic fight. Seeing no way out, Oberon decides with Puck they must all be put back to sleep in order to meet their rightful lovers and stop the madness. Puck obliges.
The theatre troupe is now readying in a panic for their show in front of the town but Bottom one of the main actors isnt here yet. He arrives at the last moment and they scramble onto stage. The players perform the love story, a tragic tale of Peramus & Thesbe of shadows, love and fickle dreams.
is a part of the Hindu Theatre Festival