Shakespeare's Twelfth Night will be performed at Delano's Old Auditorium on Feb, 21, 22, 28 at 730 pm; and Feb. 23 at 130 pm. The show will also be performed at Orono Middle School on Mar. 6 & 7 at 700 pm.
Tickets are available at: https://is.gd/VJ04hz
William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" is a romantic comedy written in the festive spirit of the Twelfth Night of the Christmas season, January 6, as part of events celebrating the holiday season. The play uses mix-ups, pranks, and comic dialogue to achieve its effect. The full title is "Twelfth Night, or What You Will".
As originally written, the action of the play is set in Illyria, in the northwestern Balkans along the Adriatic Coast. Illyrians were ancestors of modern-day Albanians. However, Shakespeare intended Illyria as an imaginary country free of time or borders, like Shangri-La, Oz, or Avalon. This production will contemporize the festive spirit of the original, by setting it in Miami's South Beach during the Mardi Gras season.
In this contemporary interpretation of this Shakespeare comedy, Viola has just returned from a voyage in the Gulf of Mexico where her vessel was caught in a tropical storm. Her brother Sebastian was washed overboard and presumed drowned. Looking to avoid thinking about this tragedy, she disguises herself as a young man under the name Cesario, and joins the cadre of followers of Duke Orsino. Orsino is a wealthy playboy and has convinced himself that he is in love with another member of the Miami elite, Olivia, whose father and brother have recently died, putting her into a depression where she refuses to be in the company of men, or entertain love or marriage proposals from anyone, the Duke included, until another year has passed. Duke Orsino uses Viola, who is really disguise as ‘Cesario’, as an intermediary to profess his passionate love to Olivia. In the process, Olivia finds herself falling in love with ‘Cesario’. Viola, however, has fallen in love with Duke Orsino, but cannot tell him while she is still in disguise. Viola loves Orsino, Orsino loves Olivia, and Olivia loves Viola disguised as Cesario. Throw in some hilarious side characters - such as "Sir" Toby Belch, Andrew Aguecheek and the overly vain Malvolio, some brilliant visual comedy and you’ve got yourself a fun, witty, gender-bending good time!
This production is supported in part by a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board.