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Twelfth Night

March 29 — April 28

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April
Director
Costume Design
Lighting Design
Sound Design
Production Stage Manager
Movement/ Fight Choreographer
Assistant to the Director
Sebastian
Orsino/Aguecheek
Sir Toby Belch
Antonio/Fabian/Valentine


Season sponsored by Barry Bluestone, and Lee & Diana Humphrey. 
Production sponsored by Doug & Mary Woodruff
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About

Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love – hilarious and heartbreaking. Twins are separated during a shipwreck and are forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on Olivia, who falls for Viola but is idolized by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister… is it possible for this to all end well?   Well, it IS a comedy!

A co-production with Actors’ Shakespeare Project.

“If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it.”  – William Shakespeare


Show Trigger Warnings And A Full Synopsis Including Spoilers Viola is shipwrecked on the coast of Illyria and she comes ashore with the help of a Captain. She has lost contact with her twin brother, Sebastian, whom she believes to be drowned. With the aid of the Captain, she disguises herself as a young man under the name Cesario, and enters the service of Duke Orsino. Duke Orsino is in love with Olivia, who is mourning the recent deaths of her father and brother. She refuses to see entertainments, be in the company of men, or accept love or marriage proposals from anyone, the Duke included, until seven years have passed. Duke Orsino then uses 'Cesario' as an intermediary to profess his passionate love before Olivia. Olivia, however, falls in love with 'Cesario', setting her at odds with her professed duty to stay in mourning. In the meantime, Viola has fallen in love with the Duke Orsino, creating a love triangle: Viola loves Duke Orsino, Duke Orsino loves Olivia, and Olivia loves Viola disguised as Cesario.
In the comic subplot, Olivia's riotous uncle, Sir Toby Belch; another of her would-be suitors, a silly squire named Sir Andrew Aguecheek constantly drink and party, thus disturbing the peace of Olivia's household until late into the night, prompting Olivia’s pompous steward, Malvolio to chastise them. Sir Toby, Sir Andrew, her servants Maria and Fabian; and her melancholy fool, Feste, plan revenge on Malvolio for ruining their fun. They convince Malvolio that Olivia is secretly in love with him by planting a love letter, written by Maria in Olivia's handwriting. It asks Malvolio to wear yellow stockings cross-gartered, to be rude to the rest of the servants, and to smile constantly in the presence of Olivia. Malvolio finds the letter and reacts in surprised delight. He starts acting out the contents of the letter to show Olivia his positive response. Olivia is shocked by the changes in Malvolio and agreeing that he seems mad, leaves him to be cared for by his tormentors. Pretending that Malvolio is insane, they lock him up in a dark chamber. Feste visits him to mock his insanity, both disguised as a priest and as himself.
Meanwhile, Viola's twin, Sebastian, has been rescued by Antonio, a sea captain who previously fought against Orsino, yet who accompanies Sebastian to Illyria, despite the danger, because of his affection for Sebastian. Sebastian's appearance immediately adds the confusion of mistaken identities, and comic misunderstandings. Taking Sebastian for 'Cesario', Olivia asks him to marry her, and they are secretly married in a church. Finally, when 'Cesario' and Sebastian appear in the presence of both Olivia and Orsino, there is more wonder and confusion at their physical similarity. At this point, Viola reveals her identity and is reunited with her twin brother.
The play ends in a declaration of marriages all around. Sebastian and Olivia are married, Viola declares her love for Duke Orsino, who asks for her hand, and it is learned that Sir Toby has married Maria. Malvolio appears, swears revenge on his tormentors and stalks off, but Orsino sends Fabian to placate him.

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