In middle school, I remember going to a reenactment of “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” by Lance Davis. Although I was unable to find a video, I remember the epilogue so well, and could not stop thinking of it when I read the epilogue for “The Tempest.” Both of Shakespeare’s work highlight the importance of the audience interacting with the actors to relieve them of their roles. In “The Tempest”, Prospero states, “let your indulgence set me free”, similarly in “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” Puck ends the play with “Give me your hands, if we be friends, And Robin shall restore amends.” In both plays, Shakespeare uses the main character to interact with the audience to create peace.
P.S. Lance Davis is a little weird but he had an incredible explanation and portrayal of Puck that has stuck with me since third grade. Here’s their site for upcoming shows: