By William Shakespeare
Directed by Norman Jones
April 10–11, 14–18, 2015
7:30 p.m. nightly performance time
Additional 3 p.m. matinees on April 11 and 18
$8 students / facstaff / seniors
$6 groups (10+)
Description and Highlights
A massive storm has devastated the coast and country of Illyria. A ship carrying the twins Viola and Sebastian is torn apart, and the twins are separated in the storm, assuming the other has died. Meanwhile, the countess Olivia has experienced the death of her father and brother. All of this grief and chaos sets the backdrop of the surprising and classic Shakespearian comedy, Twelfth Night, being performed at Gordon this April as the marquee event of the college’s Celebration of the Arts.
Set in New Orleans and drawing inspiration from the region’s devastation and rebuilding efforts, it becomes clear that Gordon College’s brand new production of Twelfth Night is balancing highly contemporary themes of restoration after a storm and the hiding and revealing of true identity. Whether the storm is physical or emotional, the characters are striving for healing. Still, these same characters are also hiding their physical and emotional identities. Viola disguises herself as a man. Olivia hides her face behind a veil. Sir Toby tries to mask his own feelings of loss by drinking far too much. And Orsino hides his true feelings about love.
To draw out the meaning of these themes and these characters’ ambitions, director Norman Jones’ adaptation of the play will highlight the central role of music in Shakespeare’s original text. The accompaniment and various songs advance the story and create an atmosphere of loss, restoration, and revelation of what is hidden. Four musicians will perform live during the play, bringing to life Shakespeare’s lyrical script and the chosen setting of New Orleans, all through an original score composed by Gordon College music students.
Join us this April 10-11, 14-18, for Twelfth Night, as our characters uncover what is hidden and point toward what is being restored.
The Black Box Theatre (Margaret Jensen Theatre)
Barrington Center for the Arts
255 Grapevine Road
Wenham, MA 01984
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*For most performances, discount tickets are available for students, Gordon College faculty/staff, and senior citizens. Please bring your student/college ID to qualify.