UPDATE: Review by Adam Roberts in the Austin Chronicle, May 24
Twelfth Night, or What You Will
by William Shakespeare
directed by Ann Ciccolella
at the Hillside Theatre, Zilker Park
May 3 - 27 at dusk
Refreshments are available for purchase
Donations gratefully accepted
For 28 years, audiences of Austinites and tourists have brought blankets and low chairs to sit on the grassy hillside and enjoy Austin Shakespeare’s FREE productions at the commodious Zilker Hillside Theatre. At intermission, actors circulate among the audience requesting donations.
Featuring new music by Austin singer/songwriter Naga Valli, Austin Shakespeare welcomes young and old to a Bollywood-inspired production of one of Shakespeare’s most popular romantic comedies: Twelfth Night; or What You Will! Now in its 28th season of offering free Shakespeare in Zilker Park, Austin Shakespeare stages the story of Viola, a young girl disguised as the boy servant Caesario in the fantastic world of Illyia who falls head over heels in love with her master, Duke Orsino, as he sends her to Olivia woo for him, the woman he loves. The story is also well-known for the silliest of meanies, Malvolio, who is tricked into wearing a distinctively unusual outfit to also woo his mistress Olivia.
The show features dance moves by acclaimed Austin choreographer, Prakash Mohandas. Two guest artists from Washington DC top the cast with Mary Candler as Viola and Rafael Untalan as Orsino. Both are recent Master of Fine Arts graduates of the renowned Academy of Classical Acting from The Shakespeare Theater, Washington DC.
"Bollywood is now a beloved part of our culture. Young people are especially delighted by its music and dance," commented Artistic Director Ann Ciccolella. Twelfth Night was also titled by Shakespeare What You Will and we embrace that sense of delight and mayhem in our Bollywood costumes and sets!"
Orsino, Duke of Illyria Rafael Untalan*
Sebastian, twin to Viola Johann-Robert Wood
Antonio, a sea captain Aaron D. Alexander
attending on the Duke Johann-Robert Wood
Curio, gentleman attending on the Duke David J. Boss
Sir Toby Belch, uncle to Olivia Rick Roemer *
Sir Andrew Aguecheek, a foolish knight Philip Kreyche
Malvolio, steward to Olivia Michael Dalmon
Fabian, servant to Olivia David J. Boss
Feste, a clown Sam Mercer
Olivia, a rich countess Jennifer Gravenstein
Viola, twin sister to Sebastian Mary Candler*
Maria, Olivia's gentlewoman Jill Swanson
Singer Sangeetha Ekambaram
* member, Actors' Equity
Costumes Jonathan Heibert
Sets Ia Enstera
Lights Jason Amato
Music Naga Valli
Choreography Prakash Mohandas
Please visit AustinShakespeare.org or follow on Twitter @austinshakes or Facebook at facebook.com/austinshakespeare.
ABOUT AUSTIN SHAKESPEARE: Founded in 1984 and the only professional classical theater company in Central Texas, Austin Shakespeare presents professional theatre of the highest quality with an emphasis on the plays of William Shakespeare, bringing to the public performances that are fresh, bold, imaginative, thought-provoking, and eminently accessible, connecting the truths of the past with the challenges and possibilities of today. Continuing in its fourth year of Young Shakespeare at Richard Garriott’s Curtain Theater, an outdoor replica of an Elizabethan theater. Austin Shakespeare will present a teen production of Julius Caesar from June 21-July1. In the fall and spring, Austin Shakespeare also produces plays by Shaw, Schiller, and Stoppard at The Long Center for the Performing Arts Rollins Studio Theatre. Austin Shakespeare’s ongoing “Shakespeare Aloud” reading group and “Artist’s Way” sessions invite new participates weekly. Austin Shakespeare’s education program 20/20 sends professional actors into the schools to encourage love of language.
Austin Shakespeare is a proud member of the Austin Creative Alliance.