Shakespeare's Comedy Classic TWELFTH NIGHT Comes to Alley Theatre
The Alley Theatre and Interim Artistic Director James Black announce the cast and crew of the 2018-19 Hubbard Season opener, Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, directed by Jonathan Moscone. The Alley presents an inventive, nontraditional, yet faithful production of Twelfth Night set in the 1930s that showcases not only the resident acting company, but also a diverse group of performers making their Alley debut. The play runs October 5-28, 2018 in the Hubbard Theatre. Tickets are available at alleytheatre.org or by calling the Box Office at 713.220.5700.
Shakespeare's hilarious tale of unrequited love, Twelfth Night crackles with quick wit and gender-bending hijinks. Stranded on the coast of Illyria, Viola assumes the disguise of a page boy for Duke Orsino and finds herself at the center of an explosive love triangle in which identity, passion, and gender all threaten to come undone. Bursting with vitality and romance, Twelfth Night gives us one of Shakespeare's most dynamic heroines, matching wits with a host of captivating characters.
The Twelfth Night cast includes Alley Resident Company members Elizabeth Bunch as Olivia, Dylan Godwin as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Chris Hutchison as Orsino, Melissa Pritchett as Maria, Jay Sullivan as Feste, and Todd Waite as Malvolio (Waite also appeared in the Alley's 2004 production of Twelfth Night as Orsino). Returning Alley actors include Mark Ivy, Melissa Molano, and Wesley Whitson. Cast members making their Alley debut include Kim Blanck as Viola, David Huynh as Sebastian, Michael Manuel as Sir Toby Belch, Cameron Khalil Stokes as Valentine, as well as Jason E. Carmichael, B. Connor Flynn, and Sydney Haygood.
Jonathan Moscone returns to the Alley after previously directing Born Yesterday; Amadeus; and Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike. The creative team also includes Scenic Designer Todd Rosenthal, Costume Designer Katherine Roth, Lighting Designer Christopher Akerlind, Sound Designers Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen, Composition by Gina Leishman, Voice and Text by Sara Becker, Fight Director Chris Hutchison, Movement Director Melissa Pritchett, Assistant Director Brandon Weinbrenner, and Stage Manager Kristen Larson.
Performances of Twelfth Night are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. There is one student matinee of Twelfth Night on October 18 at 10:00 a.m. (reservations are required through Group Sales). Twelfth Night is recommended for high school ages and up.
SPONSORS: The Alley Theatre is supported by the 2018-19 Season sponsor United Airlines, the official airline of The Alley Theatre; Four Seasons Hotel Houston, the official hotel of The Alley Theatre; and Lynn Wyatt.
TICKETS: Tickets to Twelfth Night are now on sale and start at $26. Discounted tickets are available for military, seniors, and any student, regardless of age, with a valid student ID for designated performances. Tickets can be ordered online (alleytheatre.org) or by phone (713.220.5700).
ALLEY IN CONTEXT: The Alley Theatre will present a post-show discussion following the Saturday, October 13 (2:30 p.m.) performance, which will feature civic leaders, distinguished academics, and area professionals discussing the themes of the play and how they are reflected in our lives today.
The Twelfth Night cast will be featured during a post-show discussion following the Tuesday, October 16 (7:30 p.m.) performance.
DESIGNER TALK: An hour before the Sunday, October 7 matinee preview performance (2:30 p.m.), a member of the artistic staff will lead a discussion with the production's creative team to give audiences a behind-the-scenes look at the design process. These pre-show talks will offer audiences an exclusive opportunity to ask questions about the designer's work and learn how they brought the script to life. Designer Talks will take place in the Texas Room.