Released: March 28, 2011
Lincoln, Neb. - University Theatre, the academic production program at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, completes its season with Shakespeare's Twelfth Night set in the West. Assistant Professor Ian Borden directs the production. Performances are April 7, 8, 9 and 13, 14, 15, 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Studio Theatre, first floor of the Temple Building, 12th & R Streets. Tickets are $16, $14 faculty/staff and senior citizens, and $10 for students with ID. Tickets are available from the Lied Center Ticket Office, 301 N. 12th street or at 402-472-4747 or 800-432-3231 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or one hour prior to each performance. Tickets are also available on line at unltheatretickets.com.
One of Shakespeare's most well-loved comedies of mistaken identities and love triangles set in Old West Illyria. Twins Viola and Sebastian are separated during a shipwreck. Masquerading as a young boy in Duke Orsino's household, Viola finds herself thrust into the hilarious web of Orsino's relationship with Lady Olivia and Olivia's various suitors.
Director Borden said, "As for many of Shakespeare plays, identity plays a huge part in Twelfth Night. Themes of love, power and gender are heightened by the use of disguise. In Shakespeare's time, the effect would have been even greater because boy actors played the women's roles. Imagine that you have a boy acting the part of a girl who is in turn pretending to be a boy. Confusing? Yes. Fun? Most definitely. Filled with desperate love, beautiful music and mad frolic, Twelfth Night remains one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies."
Cast members are Calandra Daby as Viola, Aric Damm as Duke Orsino, Reagan Lopez as Olivia, Sam Hartley as Sir Toby Belch, Trent Stork as Malvolio and Joey Galda as Sir Andrew Ague-Cheek. Other cast members include Hunter Larrison, Mike Lee, Emily Martinez, Kelsey Black, Jaimie Pruden, Ryan Rabstejnek, Calen Calero, Catherine Dvorak, Brandon Aylor, Shade Ingraham, Zac Franzen, Chelsea Joubert, Meghan Modrovsky, Stephanie Bourgeois and Tony Thomas.
The production is designed by Rachel Aguirre (scenic), Mallory Prucha-Rishoi (costumes), Jacob Boyett (lighting). The production is stage managed by Sean Grosshans.