Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
Show Dates: Aug 12-28
Show Times: Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 PM / Sundays at 2:00 PM
Ticket Prices: $25 for VIP / $19 for General Seating (Student & Senior Discounts Available)
LUNCHTIME LECTURE: Wednesday, August 3 at Noon / FREE
OPENING NIGHT CELEBRATION: Friday, August 12 from 6:00-7:30 pm. / $15
PICNIC ON THE PATIO: Before every performance of TWELFTH NIGHT (6:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 12:30 pm on Sundays) / Boxed dinners/lunches will be available for $8!
Magic, mayhem, and mistaken identities come to the stage in Shakespeare’s cherished romantic comedy TWELFTH NIGHT. Brimming with wild infatuations, swooning serenades, drunken high-jinx, and beloved characters, TWELFTH NIGHT remains an audience favorite!
Brother and sister Viola and Sebastian—who are not only very close but look a great deal alike—have been shipwrecked in a violent storm, and both think the other dead. Now seemingly alone in a foreign country (Illyria—the ancient name for the coast of the Adriatic Sea), Viola dresses as her brother for protection and adopts the name “Cesario,” becoming a trusted friend and confidante to Count Orsino.
Count Orsino is madly in love with Lady Olivia, who is in mourning due to her brother’s recent death, which she uses as an excuse to avoid seeing the count, whom she does not love. Orsino sends “Cesario” to do his wooing, but Viola’s a little too good at her job and finds herself in the middle of a messy love triangle: Olivia falls in love with “Cesario” (who we know is Viola), but Viola can’t return Oliva’s favors because she has fallen in love with the Duke!
Things get more complicated when a moronic nobleman, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, and a self-important servant, Malvolio, get caught up in the schemes of Lady Olivia’s uncle, the alcoholic Sir Toby Belch, who leads both Aguecheek and Malvolio to believe Olivia loves them. Furthermore, Sebastian, Oliva’s twin brother, surfaces in the area causing more confusion in this tale of mistaken identities!
Directed by Shane William Kegler
On Wednesday, August 3 at Noon, join writer and historian David Garnes and University of Connecticut professor Lindsay Cummings at Cheney Hall for a discussion about TWELFTH NIGHT and UCONN’s upcoming FIRST FOLIO EXHIBIT! The program is free and NO reservations needed. Guests are invited to bring lunch; complimentary beverages provided.
OPENING NIGHT CELEBRATION
Celebrate opening night on Friday, August 12 from 6:00-7:30 pm. Enjoy a deliciously catered meal from Brown Sugar Catering and musings about the show from David Garnes. Dinner is $15, with a discount for subscribers. Reservations required.
PICNIC ON THE PATIO
Before every performance of TWELFTH NIGHT (6:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 12:30 pm on Sundays) join us for a picnic on Cheney Hall’s patio. Boxed dinners/lunches will be available for $8! Call ahead to secure your spot! Excludes opening night on August 12, 2016.
Your Brain on Shakespeare: How the Bard Makes You Smarter
By Liz Davis on www.good.is
Researcher Philip Davis, a professor at the University of Liverpool’s School of English, has been studying the brain and reading. He says exposure to Shakespeare’s deliberate language mistakes—like using a noun as a verb—makes you smarter.
Shakespeare actually invented around 10 percent of the words he used in his plays, poems, and sonnets, and he plays with the grammatical roles of words—a line in Twelfth Night, “the cruellest she alive” morphs a pronoun into a noun. Davis says those creative mistakes make our brains “shift mental pathways and open possibilities.” The more exposure we get to such creativity, the more alive our brain becomes. He points out that one of the dangers of the way we write and speak today—and, inevitably, the way we teach writing and speaking—is its predictability. The discouragement of Shakespearean kinds of creative mistakes and the sameness of our modern language gradually deadens the brain.
Davis’ research is still a work in progress, but I think he’s on to something. Think of all the kids who can instantly recall Snoop Dogg’s rap lyrics—with all their non-standard words and phrasings—but can’t recall the “correct” sentences in their social studies textbook.