The Atlanta Shakespeare Company at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse Presents TWELFTH NIGHT OR WHAT YOU WILL
The Atlanta Shakespeare Company at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse presents
Twelfth Night or What You Will.
A shipwreck, separated identical twins, mistaken identities, romance, revenge and one pair of yellow stockings...welcome to Orsino's court and the zany world of Illyria.
Join the cast and crew members for a lively post show Q&A on Sunday January 19, 2020
Cast and Crew
Viola - Rachel Frawley
Olivia - India Tyree
Orsino - Marlon Burnley*
Feste - Matt Nitchie*
Malvolio - Jacob York*
Sir Toby Belch - David Weber
Sir Andrew Aguecheek - Avery Sharpe
Maria - Megan Rose
Curio - Sariel Taribio
Valentine - Kaley Pharr
Captain - Avery Sharpe
Antonio - Nick Reid
Sebastian - Jon Wierenga
Fabian - Adam King
Sailors - Avery Sharpe, Jon Wierenga, Nick Reid
Attendants - Adam King, Nick Reid
Musician - Adam King
1st Officer - Sariel Taribio
2nd Officer - Kaley Pharr
Priest - Sariel Taribio
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.
$20 General Admission Preview Friday January 3, 2020
Performances January 4-26, 2020
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