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Aquila Theatre Company Presents Twelth Night, June 17-Aug 21

The Aquila Theatre Company will present a new version of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, which will begin its 10-week limited engagement at the Baruch Performing Arts Center on June 17th, with an official opening night set for June 25th at 8 PM; it will run to August 21st. Created and directed by Peter Meineck and Robert Richmond, Twelfth Night features original music by Anthony Cochrane.

"This production of Twelfth Night spins the classic tale of mistaken identity, unrequited love, bereavement and the repressive threats of a puritanical zealot with an eclectic mix of musical styles – harpsichord and lute meet drum and bass. Complete with cross-dressing and swordplay, this adaptation revisits Shakespeare's Elizabethan comedy, evoking a fantastical world where true love cannot be repressed," states a press release.

Twelth Night's cast includes veterans Anthony Cochrane as Sir Toby Belch (Iago in Aquila's Othello, several seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company), Kenn Sabberton as Malvolio (Theseus in Aquila's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the RSC and National Theatre), Lisa Carter as Olivia (Beatrice in Aquila's Much Ado About Nothing, Adriana in Comedy of Errors), Louis Butelli as Feste (Both Dromios in Aquila's Comedy of Errors, Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing), Lindsay Rae Taylor as Viola (Cecily in Aquila's The Importance of Being Earnest, Miranda in The Tempest), Andrew Schwartz as Orsino (Dr. Chasuble in Aquila's The Importance of Being Earnest), Lincoln Hudson as Sir Andrew Aguecheek (Toby Belch in Aquila's touring Twelfth Night and Marvel in The Invisible Man) and Natasha Piletich as Maria (Olivia in Aquila's touring Twelfth Night and Teddy Henfrey in The Invisible Man). Creator/director Meinkick is the Aquila Theatre Company's Founding Artistic Director, while Richmond is the Associate Artistic Director.

The Aquila Theatre Company creates a modern parallel with Shakespeare's traveling players, believing that the greatest dramatic works should be seen by the greatest number of people. Twelfth Night recently played 65 venues ranging in size from 300 – 2,000 seats all across the United States. Aquila plays in such diverse places as Anchorage, AK; West Palm Beach, FL; Florence, AL; Santa Barbara, CA; and The White House. Aquila combines the techniques of British and American theatre--its actors hail from the United Kingdom and the United States--fusing different acting traditions and Shakespearean methodologies into a coherent company style.

Aquila was founded in London in 1991 by Meineck to present innovative productions of classical drama. Since then, the company has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Europe with annual productions in New York and London. In 1999, Aquila moved to New York and has since presented fourteen productions, including Shakespeare's Othello, Kipling's The Man Who Would Be King, Aeschylus' Agamemnon (with Olympia Dukakis); Homer's Iliad: Book One; Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Comedy of Errors. Aquila has also presented a series of new readings called Aquila Explorations, most recently with Bill Pullman reading the role of Oedipus in a new translation of Oedipus at Colonus.

The world premiere of a brand new dance-drama adaptation of H.G. Wells' The Invisible Man will wrap up Aquila's 2005 season. The work is a collaboration with choreographer Doug Varone, and will run from October 21st to November 6th.

Twelfth Night's performance schedule is: Thursday – Saturday at 8:00 PM with matinees Saturday & Sunday at 3:00 PM. The Baruch Performing Arts Center is located at 25th Street between Lexington & Third Avenues.

Tickets, which are $25 - $45, are available online at or by calling (212) 279-4200. Also, tickets may be purchased at the BPAC box office Monday – Thursday (1:00–6:00 PM) and two hours prior to curtain: phone (646) 312-4085. For Group information, call (212) 998-8017.

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