Performances & Events

Twelfth Night

Friday, December 7, 2018 8:00PM
Power Center

Twelfth Night
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A comedy by William Shakespeare

Department of Theatre & Drama
Directed by Daniel Cantor

Reserved Seating $30 and $24 • Student $12 with ID

Shakespeare’s timeless comedy about love and being in love, Twelfth Night, follows separated twins Sebastian and Viola. Finding herself shipwrecked off Illyria and believing her brother dead, Viola disguises herself as a man and enters the service of Duke Orsino. The Duke believes himself in love with Olivia, but Olivia is swiftly falling for the disguised Viola. In the meantime Viola is developing feelings for the Duke. When Sebastian (who is not dead) arrives in Illyria, confusion reigns supreme. Unrequited love and mistaken identities abound as the foursome journey towards a joyous discovery.

Twelfth Night, written around 1601, is one of Shakespeare’s happiest plays. The show takes its title from the revelry following the twelfth day of Christmas, bringing together romance and music in a tale full of festivity and folly. One of the most “modern” of Shakespeare’s plays, the comedy’s themes about the fickleness of love, the arbitrary nature of relationships, and the re-thinking of sexuality, all conspire with brilliant verse to push boundaries and look at the world upside down. Setting the tale during the 21st Century, our production of Twelfth Night explores the many facets of love in a rich and varied portrait of the human condition.

Twelfth Night runs approximately three hours including one intermission.