At the mouth of the Housatonic River, with the stars shining and back-lit trees, the stage is set here for the outside performance of William Shakespeare\u2019s comedy A Midsummer Night\u2019s Dream. \u201cIt\u2019s going to be a remarkable production in one of the most beautiful locations in Fairfield County,\u201d said Stratford Councilman Matt Catalano, who plays Egeus. This is an annual performance at the Shakespeare Theater, 1850 Elm Street, Stratford, as part of Festival! Stratford. Performances will be each evening through Aug. 4, at 8 p.m. Shows are free. Audience members are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and a picnic. Refreshments will be for sale. There will also family activities, yoga and more before the show \u2014 throughout the day, beginning at 8:30 a.m. \u201cI think it\u2019s a good opportunity to bring people together,\u201d said Ian Eaton, of Harlem, who is Bottom in the play. \u201cThere\u2019s something for everyone.\u201d Ellen Lieberman of Bridgeport directs the play. She said that Shakespeare\u2019s tale of mistaken identity, true love, with a mix of potions gets people laughing. \u201cIt\u2019s so much fun,\u201d she said. \u201cThe community laughing together\u201d is part of what having a performance like this is all about. \u201cIt\u2019s so amazing that texts that are over 450 years old is still so relevant,\u201d Lieberman continued. \u201cIt\u2019s just as funny now as it was then.\u201d For more information, visit festivalstratford.org or find the Festival on Facebook.