Buy Tickets From the 2014-2015 Season: Twelfth Night Playing November 07, 2014 to November 30, 2014

A Suzi Bass Awards Recommended Show!

A shipwreck, separated identical twins, mistaken identities, romance and one pair of yellow stockings…welcome to Orsino’s court and the zany world of Twelfth Night.
Featuring Artistic Director Jeff Watkins as Malvolio

Join the cast and crew members for a lively Question and Answer session on Sunday May 10 after the show! 


Read the Plot Synopsis

Twelfth Night Synopsis
-Adapted for this production from The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays by J C Trewin

Orsino, the Duke of Illyria, is in love with the Lady Olivia. Viola, “of Messaline,” wrecked on the Illyrian shore and believing wrongly that her twin brother Sebastian has been drowned, becomes (in the male disguise of Cesario) a page to Orsino. Viola/Cesario falls in love with the Duke. She bears his reiterated and scorned love message to the young countess Olivia, who is mourning affectedly for a dead brother. Olivia falls in love with Viola/Cesario. Meanwhile Olivia’s parasitic relative Sir Toby, her gentlewoman Maria, her “allowed fool” Feste and Fabian, also in her service, join to trick Malvolio, her somber, haughty and puritanical steward, an enemy of them all. Presently, told by a forged letter (ostensibly Olivia’s, actually Maria’s) that Olivia is infatuated with him, Malvolio takes to himself the phrase: “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, some have greatness thrust upon ‘em.”

Obeying the false command to appear before his mistress smiling and in absurdly cross-gartered yellow stockings, Malvolio is carried off to a dark cell as a presumed madman. Sebastian, who we have realized by now was saved (believing his sister lost), has reached the town with his rescuer Antonio, a piratical captain who had once fought against Orsino’s ships. The plotters have persuaded Andrew, jealous of Olivia’s obvious love for Cesario, to challenge the page to a duel; while this is being scrambled through, Antonio arrives, mistakes Cesario for Sebastian, draws his sword to help, and is arrested by the Duke’s officers.

Soon afterwards Toby, believing Sebastian to be Cesario, attacks him and is sternly rebuked by Olivia. Also mistaken, she begs the young man to go with her; he does so, pleasantly bewildered, and in a brief later scene she urges marriage and they follow a priest to the chantry. Finally, confusions are resolved: the twins recognize each other; Viola, herself again, will be Orsino’s Duchess, his “fancy’s queen”; Toby weds Maria; Malvolio, released, swears revenge on “the whole pack of you”; and the comedy fades in Feste’s twilit song.


Director's Notes

Directed by Drew Reeves

Show Information

Duration

Act One 75 min / Act Two 75 min

Show Roles

November 7-30, 2014

iola - Jennifer Lamourt
Olivia - Mary Russell
Orsino - Paul Hester*
Feste - Mary Ruth Ralston
Malvolio - Jeff Watkins*
Sir Toby Belch - Nicholas Faircloth
Sir Andrew Aguecheek - Matt Nitchie
Maria - Kirstin Calvert
Curio - Vinnie Mascola
Valentine - Trey York
Captain - J. Tony Brown*
Sailors - Doug Graham, Adam King
Antonio - Vinnie Mascola
Sebastian - Doug Graham
Fabian - Adam King
1st Officer - Trey York
2nd Officer - J. Tony Brown*
Priest - J. Tony Brown*
Musicians - Mary Ruth Ralston, Matt Nitchie

Show Times
Shows at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse begin at 7:30pm, except on Sundays, when they begin at 6:30pm

Bardometer Rating

How difficult is this Shakespearean play to grasp? On a scale of 1 to 10.
2
 
What does rating this mean?

You may already know the story and what happens at the end. But even if you don’t, the play is light and the plot is easy to follow. Limited violence, limited bawdiness (see below). There are very few things – historical, religious, or political – that you need to know ahead of time. Just enjoy!

A note about bawdiness in Shakespeare: It exists. Despite what your English teacher taught you, Shakespeare wrote some pretty saucy lines and they pop up from time to time. While there is never any nudity on stage, our actors are trained to make the text clear. If we feel a show contains a plethora of Graphic Elizabethan Poetry (or is very bloody/violent/triggering) we will put that disclaimer in the blurb about the show. It won’t happen often. If this Bardometer lists a play as a 1 or 2, you can rest assured that it is an appropriate show for kids under ten.

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