Marc Poirier '86 building the salt sets while actor Brooks Reeves rehearses
Photo by Danielle Fauteux Jacques

Alumnus Marc Poirier '86 Creates Site-Specific Installation for Shakespeare’s 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream'

July 5, 2018

Visual Arts Alumnus Marc Poirier '86 designed part of the theatrical landscape for Shakespeare’s play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, produced by the Apollinaire Theatre. Rather than simply designing a set in an enclosed theater, Poirier created a five-by-sixty foot site-specific installation beneath the Tobin Bridge, which connects Manhattan to Boston. Poirier’s sculpture will act as the barren landscape that the lovers in A Midsummer Night’s Dream flee to.


To create the sculpture, Poirier and his team also incorporated the massive salt piles beside the Tobin Bridge. The timber used in the installation was donated from Longleaf Lumber, a Cambridge-based reclaimed and antique lumber mill that Poirier founded.


Previously, Poirier designed the set for the play, Everyman, at the Apollinaire Theatre.


As a MFA student at Columbia, Poirier specialized in painting and sculpture. His work for A Midsummer Night’s Dream is his largest site-specific sculpture to-date.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream will run from July 11th—29th at Port Park on the Chelsea Waterfront.