(Washington, DC) The Folger Theatre closes out a very successful 2012/13 season with Shakespeare’s most musical and masterful comedy, Twelfth Night. Director Robert Richmond (this season’s triumphant Henry V and last season’s Othello) returns to direct this romantic and whimsical of tales filled with lovers, lunatics, poets, drunkards, and clowns in the quixotic land of Illyria. Twelfth Night begins performances on April 30, 2013 and continues its initial run through Sunday, June 9.
Separated in a shipwreck, Viola and her twin brother Sebastian cast away on the shores of Illyria. As strangers in a strange land, the lost siblings, each believing the other has drowned, encounter the most challenging adventure of their lives – love. Identity and gender roles further complicate the situation when unwanted advances, unrequited longing, and an unruly household converge and conspire in Shakespeare’s romantic comedy of love in all of its manifestations.
“After the masculine and violent world of Henry V, I am delighted to have an opportunity to focus on a story that is so elegant, whimsical, and funny,” says Richmond. “Twelfth Night is a story about love in its many forms: unconditional love, unrequited love, self-love, compassionate love, pragmatic love, maniacal love, and true love. In this staging, we want to create a world in which the moral, ethical and social status of the play comes to life. So we’ve set it at the beginning of the 1900s, referencing the sinking of the Lusitania off the southern coast of Ireland in 1915.”
Twelfth Night features Rachel Pickup, daughter of the celebrated English actor Ronald Pickup, as the beautiful countess Olivia, Emily Trask (The Gaming Table at Folger) as the clever and charming Viola, Michael Brusasco as the love-struck Orsino, Craig Wallace as the incorrigible Sir Toby Belch, Richard Sheridan Willis as Olivia’s stuck-in-the-mud steward Malvolio, and Tonya Beckman as Maria. Also featured in the cast are James Konicek (Sir Andrew Aguecheek), Louis Butelli (Feste), William Vaughan (Sebastian), Chris Genebach (Antonio), and Joshua Morgan (Valentine).
The award-winning creative team includes four-time Helen Hayes Award-winner Tony Cisek (set design), Mariah Hale (costume design), Andrew Griffin (lighting design), and Casey Kaleba (fight director), all of whom worked with Richmond to create the world of Henry V on the Folger stage. The sound designer is Matthew M. Nielson, choreography created by Eleni Grove, and the resident dramaturg is Michele Osherow. New York casting is by Daryl Eisenberg.
“The extraordinary design team is creating a world where fantasy and reality collide, where things are not always what they seem, where class distinction and gender blur, and where love is a currency that everyone seeks,” states Janet Griffin, artistic producer of Folger Theatre. “As with all of the great Shakespeare plays, it holds many meanings and let’s each of us to take from it What You Will.”
Ticketing Information & Performance Dates:
Twelfth Night plays at Folger Theatre from April 30 – June 9, 2013. Tickets are $30 - $68. Lower-priced previews and discounts for students, seniors, military, educators, and groups of ten or more are available – and may be purchased at the Folger Theatre Box Office at 202.544.7077 or online at www.folger.edu/theatre.
Pay-What-You-Can performance is on Tuesday, April 30, 7:30pm.Tickets will be available to the public one hour prior to the performance. Cash purchases only.
College Nightwill be held on Friday, May 10 at 8:00pm. Tickets are $15 tickets, with a valid student ID to be presented at the Box Office.
A Pre-Show Talk will take place on Wednesday, May 15 at 6:30 pm with Folger Director Michael Witmore. A light fare reception will follow the scholarly, insightful discussion of Twelfth Night. Tickets are $15.
Audience members are encouraged to stay and take part in ourPost-Show Talk with the Twelfth Night caston Thursday, May 23. This interactive discussion, moderated by Folger’s resident dramaturg Michele Osherow, will follow the 7:30pm performance.
A Pre-Show Talk and Book Party will take place on Saturday, June 8 at noon with acclaimed author and Tony Award® nominee Ken Ludwig. This free event will include an interactive discussion on Twelfth Night and book-signing of his new book, How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare (Crown, 2013).
Tonya Beckman (Maria) – Folger Theatre: The Gaming Table, The Game of Love and Chance, As You Like It; Shakespeare Theatre Company: Love’s Labor’s Lost, Lady Windermere’s Fan; Studio Theatre: The Internationalist, The Long Christmas Ride Home; Round House Theatre: Crime and Punishment, Alice (Helen Hayes Ensemble nomination), Wrinkle in Time; Olney Theatre Center: The Millionairess; Kennedy Center: American Scrapbook, Unleashed, Shear Madness; Theater J: Mikveh; Ford’s Theatre: Sabrina Fair; many roles at Taffety Punk Theatre Company, where she is a company member. Regional: Cleveland Play House, Fulton Theatre, Purple Rose Theatre, Human Race Theatre
Michael Brusasco (Orsino) – Round House: Pride & Prejudice; Shakespeare Theatre Company: Titus Andronicus. Regional: Barrington Stage Company, Pittsburgh Public, Berkeley Rep, ACT San Francisco, Pioneer Theatre Company, Impact Theatre SF, Crowded Fire, the California, Pennsylvania, and Great River Shakespeare Festivals; six-year company member at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Off-Broadway: Pearl Theatre Company: Misalliance, Playboy of the Western World; Good Company: Electra In A One-Piece. Other New York City credits: Perfect Disgrace: A Crucible; Lincoln Center Festival: Of Monsters and Prodigies: The History of the Castrati; Soho Rep/Soho Shorts: Health and Fitness. New Media: Going Down, Roger: the Chicken, Fortitude.
Louis Butelli (Feste) – Folger Theatre: Henry V, Henry VIII (Helen Hayes Award), Othello, Julius Caesar; Shakespeare Theatre Company: The Taming of the Shrew. Regional: La Jolla Playhouse, Yale Repertory, Long Wharf Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Lost Colony, etc. Off Broadway: Aquila Theatre Company: Much Ado About Nothing, The Comedy of Errors, Agamemnon, Othello, Twelfth Night, The Man Who Would Be King; The New Victory Theater: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 47th St. Theater: CYCLOPS: A Rock Opera (also directed, co-wrote, NYMF Award, Pulizter Jury Nomination, 3 LA Weekly Award Nominations) Television: Law & Order, L&O: Criminal Intent, The Unusuals, All My Children. Numerous national and international tours. Co-founder, Psittacus Productions.
Chris Genebach (Antonio) – Folger Theatre: Henry V, Othello, Cyrano, Orestes: A Tragic Romp; We Happy Few at Capital Fringe: Hamlet; Woolly Mammoth: Mr. Burns, A Post Electric Play; Studio Theatre: The Big Meal (2nd Stage), Superior Donuts, Shining City; Shakespeare Theatre Company: Two Gentlemen of Verona, Julius Caesar (FFA), Cymbeline, King Lear (Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Play), Titus Andronicus. Broadway: MTC: Shining City; Off-Broadway: The Duke on 42nd: Rose Rage: Henry VI Parts 1, 2 and 3, The Other Side. Regional: TheatreWorks–Hartford: The Seafarer; Goodman Theatre: King Lear; Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Rose Rage: Henry VI Parts 1, 2 and 3, Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet, King John. Television: PBS: The War of 1812 (William Atherton v/o), The Product of 3M. Radio: WAMU 88.5/Lean & Hungry: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet.
James Konicek (Sir Andrew Aguecheek) –Folger Theatre: Romeo & Juliet; Ford’s Theatre: Our Town, A Christmas Carol, Fly, 1776, Parade, Liberty Smith, State of the Union; Woolly Mammoth: In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play; Roundhouse Theatre: Pride & Prejudice, Around the World in 80 Days; Washington Stage Guild: Lord Arthur Saville’s Crime; Shakespeare Theatre Company: The Merry Wives of Windsor, As You Like It, Edward II, Tamburlaine, Cyrano; Olney Theatre Center: Annie (Helen Hayes nomination), King of the Jews, Democracy, The Elephant Man; Studio Theatre: The Internationalist, Autobahn, Terrorism, Ivanov; Kennedy Center: Unleashed, Blues Journey, Alex in Wonderland, Alice; Arena Stage: Born Yesterday; Catalyst: 1984, The Elephant Man; Potomac Theatre Festival: Somewhere in the Pacific; American Shakespeare Center: The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, Coriolanus, Much Ado About Nothing, Knight of the Burning Pestle, Tartuffe; Wisconsin Shakespeare Festival: Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night.
Joshua Morgan (Valentine) – Arena Stage: The Chosen; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: A Bright New Boise (Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding Production); Theater J: Our Class; Signature Theatre: [title of show]; Adventure Theatre - MTC: Winnie the Pooh; No Rules Theatre Company: Charlie Brown... Off-Broadway: The Riant Theatre: The Lottery. Regional: Triad Stage: Tick, Tick... Boom!; Roanoke Festival Park: Comedy of Errors, Take One Step. Tours: Open Dream Ensemble: Peril on the Red Planet, Dream Machines. Co-Artistic Director of No Rules Theatre Company.
Rachel Pickup (Olivia) – Regional: Premiere Stages: Handicapped People In Their Formal Attire; Washington Shakespeare Theater: An Ideal Husband. Off Broadway: Airswimming; Irish Rep; Dancing at Lughnasa. International: St Martins's Lane/Rose Theater: Bedroom Farce, Miss Julie (nominated Best Actress Critics' Circle Award); Old Vic: King Lear; Criterion Theater: The 39 Steps; Jermyn St Theater: Barefoot In The Park; Royal Shakespeare Company: Julius Caesar, All's Well That Ends Well, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, Troilus And Cressida. UK Regional/National Tours: Chichester Festival Theater: Fortune's Fool, The Sea; Edinburgh Kings: Hamlet (Edinburgh's Little Devil Award); Royal Exchange: Time And The Conways (Best Supporting Actress MEN Award); Royal Exchange: The Fall Guy; Birmingham Rep: Home Truths; Sheffield Crucible: Way Upstream. Television: Midsomer Murders, Small Island, Dogtown, Garrow’s Law, House Of Anubis, Victoria And Albert. Film: Basil, ESN (BAFTA nomination), AKA.
Emily Trask (Viola) – Folger Theatre: The Gaming Table. Regional: Five Seasons Company Member Utah Shakespeare Festival: The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet, The Secret Garden, Henry V, The Matchmaker, Great Expectations: The Musical, Room Service, Lend Me a Tenor: The Musical (world premiere); The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre; A Christmas Carol (directed by Aaron Posner), Armadale (world premiere), Tartuffe, Yes. No. Maybe So…, Napoli Millionaria, A Doll’s House, Chaps!,Mary Stuart;Pioneer Theatre Company:The Tempest;Next Act Theatre Company:Red Herring,Paradise;Montana Shakespeare in the Parks:A Midsummer Night’s Dream;Hope Summer Repertory:Seussical: The Musical,Scapin,Bedroom Farce; Colonial Theatre: Macbeth;Yale Cabaret:The Maids,Orestes,The Language of Angels,Antibiosis; Yale Repertory Theatre:Battle of Black and Dogs, Bossa Nova (u/s); NPR – WNYC - The Greene Space Radio Play Series: Film: The Violinist (numerous independent film festival awards).
William Vaughan (Sebastian) – Regional: The Lost Colony; Theatre Carolina: The Importance of Being Earnest, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, Bent. Film: Dreadful Sorry, Colonizing the New World.
Craig Wallace (Sir Toby Belch) – Folger Theatre: The Taming of the Shrew, Cyrano (Helen Hayes nomination, Outstanding Ensemble), Much Ado About Nothing (2009), Othello (2002), As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Measure for Measure; Shakespeare Theatre Company: The Government Inspector, Tamburlaine, Edward II, Antony and Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet; Ford’s Theatre: Our Town,Necessary Sacrifices, Sabrina Fair, Jitney; Arena Stage: K2, All My Sons, The Great White Hope, Hot-n-Throbbing; Signature Theatre: Angels in America, Parts 1 and 2 (Helen Hayes nomination for Part 2); Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: The Last Orbit of Billy Mars, Tommy J & Sally, Our Lady of 121st Street, Starving; Round House Theatre: Young Robin Hood,Permanent Collection, Tabletop, The Little Prince; Everyman Theatre: The Cherry Orchard, The Soul Collector (world premiere); Studio Theatre 2ndStage: F**king A. Regional: Hangar Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Shakespeare Santa Cruz.
Richard Sheridan Willis (Malvolio) – Folger Theatre: Henry V. Regional Theatres include: Factory 163: Strolling Player; Summer Theatre of New Canaan: My Fair Lady, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night, Henry lV pt 1; Roundhouse Theatre, Toronto: The Railway Children; Sudbury Theatre Centre: Vigil; Baruch, NYC: The Importance of Being Earnest; New Victory Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Wilma Theatre: Night & Day; Denver Centre Theatre Co: Mrs Warren’s Profession; Aquila Theatre Co.: The Tempest, Hamlet, The Man Who Would Be King, Julius Caesar, Catch 22; Albery Theatre, London: Torch Song Trilogy; Leicester Haymarket: A Woman of No Importance, Into the Woods, The Sound of Music, The White Devil, Single Spies; Peter Hall Company: The Master Builder; Shared Experience: The Tempest; Salisbury Playhouse: Things We Do For Love. TV: Dr Who, Law & Order, Flashpoint, Nikita, Lost Girl, Stand By Your Booth. Film: Dreadful Sorry, The Big Bad Swim.
The Creative Team:
Robert Richmond (Director) – Folger Theatre: Henry V, Othello, Henry VIII, Julius Caesar. Regional: The Lost Colony; La Jolla Playhouse; Denver Center for the Performing Arts; Two River Theater Company. Off-Broadway: Much Ado About Nothing, The Comedy Of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cyrano De Bergerac, The Iliad: Book One, King Lear, Twelfth Night, Agamemnon. Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina Theatre and Dance Department, Head of Undergraduate Performance. Directed Dreadful Sorry(written by Dionne O'Dell), winner of the South Carolina Film Commissions 2010 Production Grant. Education: Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
Tony Cisek (Scenic Designer) – Folger Theatre: Henry V, The Conference of the Birds, The Taming of the Shrew, Othello (2011), The Comedy of Errors, Henry VIII, Much Ado About Nothing (2009, 1999), 1 Henry IV, The School For Scandal, The Tempest (2007, 2000), Romeo and Juliet (2005, 1997), Melissa Arctic, Elizabeth the Queen, Twelfth Night (costumes), As You Like It (2001), Shakespeare’s R & J, Hamlet; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; Round House Theatre; Signature Theatre; Theater J; Theater Alliance; The Kennedy Center; Arena Stage; Ford’s Theatre. Regional: Guthrie Theater; Goodman Theatre; South Coast Repertory; Milwaukee Rep; Indiana Repertory Theatre; Portland Center Stage; Cleveland Play House; Intiman Theatre; Actors Theatre of Louisville; Syracuse Stage; Berkshire Theatre Festival; Two River Theater Company; Delaware Theatre Company. Off Broadway: Beyond Glory; columbinus. Awards: Helen Hayes Award (four-time recipient), Drammy Award, Barrymore Award nomination. Education: New York University Tisch School of the Arts, MFA.
Mariah Hale (Costume Designer) – Folger Theatre: Henry V, Henry VIII (Associate Costume Designer), Othello (Associate Costume Designer). Regional: Goodspeed Opera/ Norma Terris Theatre: Both Barrells; American Stage Co: The Butter and Egg Man; Algonquin Arts Center: The 39 Steps, A Year with Frog and Toad; Kline Theatre: Romeo and Juliet; Yvonne Theater: Nine, The Misanthrope. Off-Broadway: Variety Arts Theater: A Good Swift Kick; New York Music Theatre Festival: Cyclops: A Rock Opera. Associate Costume Designer: Regional: Dallas Theater Center: Arsenic and Old Lace. Roanoke Island Historical Assoc.: The Lost Colony. Madison Square Garden: A Christmas Carol. Roundabout Theater: Picnic, Company. Broadway and National Tours: Smokey Joe’s Café, Chicago, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Crazy for You, Guys and Dolls, Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Music of the Night, Disney’s King David. Teaches fashion design at College of Morris and Brookdale College, costume design at Gettysburg College and Rider University, Westminster School of the Arts.
Andrew Griffin (Lighting Designer) – Folger Theatre: Henry V, Othello (Helen Hayes Award Nomination); Synetic Theater: King Lear (Helen Hayes Award), Jekyll and Hyde, King Arthur, Othello, Dracula, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dante, Host and Guest; Woolly Mammoth Theatre: You for Me for You, The K of D, The Last Cargo Cult, A Girls Guide to Washington Politics; Olney Theater Center: You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Bad Dates; Everyman Theater: All My Sons; Imagination Stage: The Wind in the Willows, Ferdinand the Bull; Adventure Theater: Big, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, If You Give a Pig a Pancake; Regional: Tricities Opera: La Boheme; Toledo Opera: Il Trovatore; The Delaware Shakespeare Festival: The Winter’s Tale, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III.
Matthew M. Nielson (Sound Design) –Folger Theatre: Othello, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale; Round House Theatre: A Prayer for Owen Meany (Helen Hayes Award); Catalyst Theater: 1984 (Helen Hayes Award); Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Signature Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Franklin Park Arts Center, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, The Kennedy Center, Rorschach Theatre, The Washington Revels, Imagination Stage, Discovery Theatre, Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution, Washington Shakespeare Company, Very Special Arts, The Studio Theatre, Theater of the First Amendment, ArtStream. Regional: Philadelphia Theatre Company, Cincinnati Playhouse. OffBroadway: Public Theatre/New York Shakespeare Festival. Film/TV: From Hell to Here, Trip, The Long Road, Epix Drive-In.
About Folger Theatre and Folger Shakespeare Library:
Folger Theatre is the centerpiece of Folger Shakespeare Library’s programs for the public and is recognized for dynamic performances in the 250-seat Elizabethan-styled theatre, specializing in innovative stagings of works by Shakespeare, other classical work, and new plays inspired by these traditions. Since 1991, Folger Theatre has been honored by the Helen Hayes Awards with 18 awards and 116 nominations for excellence in acting, direction, design, and production—including the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Resident Play in 2011 for Hamlet (a year in which all three of Folger’s theatrical productions were nominated in that category). In September 2012, Folger Theatre brought from London Shakespeare’s Globe’s Hamlet for the company’s first Washington appearance. Janet Alexander Griffin is the Artistic Producer of Folger Theatre and Director of Public Programs which includes the Folger’s music and literary series.
Folger Shakespeare Library is a renowned center for scholarship, learning, culture, and the arts. Home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection and a primary repository for research material from the early modern period (1500-1750), Folger Shakespeare Library is an internationally recognized research library offering advanced scholarly programs in the humanities; a national leader in how Shakespeare is taught in grades K-12; and an award-winning producer of cultural and arts programs —theatre, music, poetry, exhibits, lectures, and family programs. A gift to the American people from industrialist Henry Clay Folger, Folger Shakespeare Library—located one block east of the U.S. Capitol—opened in 1932 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Learn more at www.folger.edu.
This production is made possible in part by the generous support of:
Season Sponsors Roger and Robin Millay, and Neal T. Turtell
Twelfth Night Production Sponsors — Nicky and Steve Cymrot
Contributing sponsors — Victor Shargai and Craig Pascal
Associate sponsors — Rick Kasten and Karl K. and Carrol Benner Kindel
Official media sponsor is Maryland Public Television
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