A Midsummer Night’s Dream had been chosen as the 1997 Shakespeare in My Park production earlier in the season and had been announced in the She Stoops to Conquer program. After the flood it was doubtful that the show could go on. Discussions were held in early June with the Grand Forks Park District. There were concerns about the timing of performances so soon after the flood, but it was decided that enough parks were unaffected by the flood that a successful program could be planned.
The show was designed and directed with simplicity in mind- a necessity both for practicality in going into some of the parks and also for those involved in the production that were trying to mount a show while also needing time to work on their own homes and do the other additional work demands that came with the flood. The concept of the show was a production company that is making a movie that becomes real. Scenery consisted of pieces of scaffold built for the show that could easily be moved by trailer.
The reception to the show was overwhelming. Shakespeare in My Park became one of the first annual programs within the area to return after the flood and citizens were excited to be able to get away from flooded houses and get back into the parks.