July 11, 2018, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Outside the Box [Office] and Brainstorm Media invite you and a guest to attend a special advance screening of

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Directed by Casey Wilder Mott
Adapted for the Screen by Casey Wilder Mott
Based on the play by William Shakespeare
Produced by Casey Wilder Mott, Joshua Skurla,
Fran Kranz, and Douglas Matejka

Followed by a Q&A with SCA Alumnus Casey Wilder Mott
and Actor/Producer Fran Kranz

7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007



OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival

Opens at Landmark's Nuart Theatre on Friday, July 13th

About A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream is a high-spirited romp through the pitfalls of love, lust and longing. It’s a giddy exploration of what happens when opposites collide: waking and dreaming; town and country; order and bedlam; courtship and desire. And it is, finally, a celebration of personal transformation and spiritual rebirth.

A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most beloved creations. The frolicking tale of lovesick young aristocrats, energetic but inept rustics, and mischievous woodland spirits is a staple of stage and screen. In the past, filmed adaptations have emphasized the play’s traditional, Elizabethan qualities. This production, however, is a fresh and stylish reinvention that takes an entirely different approach.

Starring Rachel Leigh Cook (Adult Swim's Robot Chicken) as Hermia, Emmy-nominated actor Finn Wittrock (FX's American Horror Story, MY ALL AMERICAN) as Demetrius, Hamish Linklater (FX's Legion) as Lysander, Lily Rabe (FX's  American Horror Story) as Helena, Paz De La Huerta (ENTER THE VOID) as Hippolyta, Avan Jogia (Syfy's Ghost Wars) as Puck, Ted Levine (TNT’s The Alienist) as Theseus, poet Saul Williams (SLAM) as Oberon, musician Mia Doi Todd as Titania and actor/producer Fran Kranz (DARK TOWER) as Bottom.

Provided courtesy of Brainstorm Media. Not rated. Running time: 104 minutes.

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About the Guests

CASEY WILDER MOTT (Screenwriter, Director, Producer, SCA Alumnus)

Casey Wilder Mott started his Hollywood career in the mailroom of the William Morris Agency. He then worked in the international markets as a production exec and assistant buyer for Lumiere Brazil. More recently, he served as Director of Development for Flashlight Films, a boutique film finance company that focuses on early stage investing.

At Flashlight, Mott oversaw the development of SULLY, which was directed by Clint Eastwood and starred Tom Hanks. He also worked with Academy Award-winning filmmakers such as Ed Zwick, Steve Gaghan, Bruce Cohen and others. Mott’s producing credits include the NASA-sponsored documentary THE UNIVERSITY and the dramatic feature HOT SUMMER NIGHTS, which recently premiered at the SXSW Film Festival.

Prior to his career in Hollywood, Mott was a theatre actor who worked in both America and Europe. Mott received a BA from Yale University, an MS from the London School of Economics, and an MFA from USC Film School.

FRAN KRANZ (Producer, Actor - "Bottom")

Fran Kranz wanted to be an actor ever since he landed a leading role in his 9th grade play. He has worked consistently as a professional actor ever since. Most recently, he starred as ‘Merle Debuskey’ in the world premiere of ILLYRIA, written and directed by Richard Nelson, at the Public Theater. Kranz also co-stars in the upcoming Mary Pickford biopic WHY NOT CHOOSE LOVE: A MARY PICKFORD MANIFESTO, opposite Cary Elwes and Sophie Kennedy Clark. Next, Kranz will be seen in a recurring role on the HBO series Ballers as well as on the upcoming Amazon series Homecoming with Julia Roberts.

Kranz’s other feature credits include THE DARK TOWER, opposite Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, the Netflix film REBIRTH, MOJAVE, opposite Garrett Hedlund and Oscar Isaac, THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES, the horror comedy BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS, THE LIVING, LAST WEEKEND, opposite Patricia Clarkson, MURDER OF A CAT, opposite J.K. Simmons and Greg Kinnear, Joss Whedon’s adaptation of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, directed by Drew Goddard and produced by Whedon, M. Night Shyamalan’s THE VILLAGE, Ridley Scott’s MATCHSTICK MEN, THE TV SET, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID 2, ORANGE COUNTY, Antoine Fuqua’s TRAINING DAY and DONNIE DARKO.

On television, Kranz is well-known for playing the role of ‘Topher,’ the sarcastic, tech wunderkind, on Joss Whedon’s FOX sci-fi series Dollhouse, alongside Eliza Dushku. He also played the lead role in the CBS comedy series Welcome to the Captain, created and directed by John Hamburg. Other television credits include Major Crimes, Elementary, The Good Wife, Dallas, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Private Practice and Frasier.

Kranz starred on Broadway opposite Rose Byrne and James Earl Jones in the much-praised revival of “You Can’t Take it With You.” He made his Broadway debut in director Mike Nichols’ “Death of a Salesman,” opposite Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield, which won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. He also starred in the critically acclaimed staging of “Bachelorette” at the Second Stage Theatre Off-Broadway.

Kranz attended high school at the Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, where he was active in theater, and also studied at the prestigious Oxford Tradition program, where he won a Best Actor Award for his portrayal of ‘Petruchio’ in “The Taming of the Shrew.” Kranz went on to Yale University, where he was a member of the improv troupe “The Ex!t Players,” and performed in such plays as “Angels in America,” “A Bright Room Called Day,” “Henry IV,” “Antony & Cleopatra,” and “Twelfth Night.”

About Outside the Box [Office]

Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly showcase for upcoming releases highlighting world cinema, documentary and independent film titles. Recognizing a need for greater diversity on campus, the series will draw from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain.

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Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at the USC Royal Street Entrance, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend the USC Royal Street Structure, at the far end of 34th Street. Limited street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu