Friday, April 6, 2012

Upcoming: Twelfth Night by Shakespeare via Bollywood, Austin Shakespeare in Zilker Park, May 3 - 27

Austin Shakespeare TX


Twelfth Night, or What You Will

by William Shakespeare

via Bollywood

directed by Ann Ciccolella

at the Hillside Theatre, Zilker Park

May 3 - 27 at dusk

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
Valentine, gentleman

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

steward to Olivia Michael Dalmon

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

Creative Team
Costumes Jonathan Heibert
Sets Ia Enstera
Lights Jason Amato
Music Naga Valli
Choreography Prakash Mohandas

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