School Version

49. Puck's epilogue

The director sits cross-legged and alone onstage, crumpling an empty cigarette package despondently "after the party's over".

Suddenly the lights come up and the whole cast fill the circle, whooping with delight and bringing the stage models with them, as if to a "birthday surprise".

The "Dream" in some version or other is still on. Does this mean that the play we have just seen is a mental "rehearsal" on the way to becoming a successfully realised production? Does it mean that he has refound his inspiration via this series of embedded encounters with his buried childhood self?

The play ends with Puck standing -- his white shirt, wings and cap the sole illuminated stage elements, apart from the miniature stage model.

Puck is Stage Manager still.

See also:

> Bar 50. Closing Dance

> School 1. Opening Frame

A Midsummer Night's Dream