A Midsummer Night's Dream is full of references to darkness and night time. The play's title makes reference to sleep and dreams. Throughout the play, light and darkness are contrasted - day and light are the time of order and reason; darkness is the domain of the fairies, of dream time and fantasy, a time for upturning the natural order.
Gale Edwards' production seeks to pull out darker elements within the play. Oberon's trick upon Titania is a dark act, a mean way of exacting revenge. Titania's obsession with Bottom explores the dark areas of her subconscious.
Edwards sees Oberon and Theseus as alter egos, with Oberon personifying the dark, subconscious, and Theseus light and reason.