Twelfth Night - Under the Stars
Laugh yourself silly with: Sir Toby Belch – the man believed to have invented partying, Sir Andrew Aguecheek – dispossessed of any intelligence, Malvolio – a power hungry puritan who falls from a great moral height when pushed by Sir Toby, Maria – the housemaid who outwits Malvolio and housetrains Sir Toby, Viola – a shipwrecked girl who cross-dresses as a boy to get a job, Olivia – deeply grieving for her brother’s death refuses Duke Orsino’s overtures and rebounds by falling in love with the cross-dressed Viola, and Orsino – the lovesick Duke pining for Olivia, but seems to fancy Viola dressed as a boy!
The experience of Shakespeare Under the Stars and the atmosphere created by marriage of art and nature is inviting and refreshing as the audience and the actors embrace on a simple and compelling level of honesty that enriches their mutual engagement with the play. This is theatre that is about sharing the story together, taking the journey together and believing in the adventure because it is in a natural and uncontrollable atmosphere. Taking away the physical structures that protect us from the outdoors and taking away the traditional symbols of opulence and grandeur that intimidate us, brings theatre to its rightful place. A place that bonds the players, the play and the people together.
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