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Aquila's Twelth Night Runs from 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.

Aquila's Twelth Night recently wound it way around the United States in a tour, where it
played 65 venues ranging in size from 300 – 2,000 seats.  It "spins 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, Kenn Sabberton as Malvolio, Lisa Carter as Olivia, Louis Butelli as Feste, Lindsay Rae Taylor as Viola, Andrew Schwartz as Orsino, Lincoln Hudson as Sir Andrew Aguecheek  and Natasha Piletich as Maria; all of these actors have been involved in Aquila productions in the past.  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...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."  The company, which was founded in 1991 by Meinkick, has won strong reviews for its innovative productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, The Comedy of Errors and non-Shakespearean pieces such as Aeschylus' Agamemnon and Kipling's The Man Who Would Be King.  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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