Twelfth Night

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October 30-November 2, 2014

Arthur Miller Theatre

8pm Thursday, Friday & Saturday

2pm Sunday

by William Shakespeare

directed by Kat Walsh

production staff:

Producers: Katy Wallander & Kyle Nowels

Assistant Producer: Lindsay Harkins

Music direction: Tyler Driskill

Assistant Director: David Widmayer

Stage Manager: Alexa Ducsay

Assistant Stage Manager: Annika Morrison

Assistant Producer: Lindsay Harkins

Lighting Design: Nathaniel Madura

Sound Design: Matt Steward

Set Design: Nathan Doud

Properties: Bob Brite

Costume Design: Liz Getty

Dramaturg: Shelley Manis

Technical Director: Cathy Cassar

Stage Combat: Greg Kovas

Text Work: James Ingagolia

Artistic Consultants: Cheryl Turski, Rob Najarian

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Twelfth Night is a veritable “feast of fools” in love. In Shakespeare’s delightful comedy, there are no limits to which the characters will go to pursue their passions. Cross-dressing, mistaken identity, and slight-of-hand propel the various lovers into far-flung situations that only the original master of comedy can set right.

As the play opens, young Viola is shipwrecked on the coast of Illyria and loses contact with her twin brother, Sebastian, whom she believes to be dead. Disguising herself as a young man under the name Cesario, she enters the service of Duke Orsino through the help of the sea captain who rescues her. Orsino has convinced himself that he is in love with Olivia, whose father and brother have recently died, and who refuses to see any suitor—the Duke included—until seven years have passed. Orsino uses his new servant 'Cesario' as an intermediary to profess his passionate love before Olivia, who falls in love with 'Cesario', not realizing 'he' is Viola in disguise. In the meantime, the disguised Viola has fallen in love with the Duke. Cross-dressing, mistaken identity, and slight-of-hand propel the various lovers into far-flung situations that only the original master of comedy can set right.

“Shakespeare brilliantly captures the first stage of love in this play,” says director Kat Walsh. “The characters often act brashly without thinking through the consequences of their actions. It’s this aspect that makes Twelfth Night hilariouseveryone can empathize with embarrassing oneself in the early stages of a blooming relationship.”

Cast:

Antonio - Dan Cox

Valentine - Aubrey Donnell

Sebastian - Richard Graham

Viola - Carol Gray

Sir Andrew Aguecheek - Chris Grimm

Curio/Sailor/Court - Jamie Jee

Duke Orsino - Greg Kovas

Sea Captain/Priest/Musician - Jean Leverich

Malvolio - Joseph McDonald

Feste - Dory Mead

Sir Toby Belch - Jeff Miller

Olivia - Kaela Parnicky

Maria - Amanda Photenhauer

Officer #1/Sailor/Court - Rita Smith

Fabian - Elizabeth Wagner

Officer #2/Musician - Laura Yakas