Get Ready for Merriment, Mischief, and Mistaken Identity in MSF’s Twelfth Night
Bring the whole family out to see MSF’s stars under the stars in this signature summer event!
Maryland Shakespeare Festival is pleased to announce their 2013 Good Will Tour of Twelfth Night. Their professional acting company will present this delightful comedy outside under the stars at Goucher College in Towson and Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre in Annapolis. The Good Will Tour is MSF’s signature summer event, providing an evening of entertainment for the whole family with this fully staged production.
MSF is known throughout the region for their unique aesthetic, using Shakespeare’s original practices to engage the audience and explore the text in a way that no other theatre company delivers. One highlight of their annual Good Will Tour is their continuing tradition of sharing Shakespeare’s words outdoors, as the plays were originally presented.
MSF’s production of Twelfth Night is guaranteed to be a roaring, rollicking, romantic performance not to be missed. After a shipwreck, Viola finds herself alone, separated from her twin brother Sebastian. Having to fend for herself, she decides to disguise herself as a man and start working at the court of Duke Orsino. Orsino is desperately in love with the Lady Olivia, but she has rejected all of his advances. In one last attempt to win Olivia’s heart, Orsino sends “Cesario” (Viola) to Olivia to plead his case. The classic love triangle takes shape as Olivia falls in love at first sight with “Cesario”. In the meantime, Viola has fallen in love with Orsino, but as “Cesario” she cannot risk exposure by express her true feelings without compromising her identity. As the story unfolds, Viola’s twin brother Sebastian arrives and is mistaken for “Cesario.” More hijinks ensue when Olivia’s uncle, Sir Toby Belch, and his friend Sir Andrew Aguecheek conspire with Olivia’s servants Maria and Feste to play a practical joke on Olivia’s stuffy butler, Malvolio. So come laugh with us as we tell the story of Twelfth Night, which reveals the many faces of love.
At Goucher College, Twelfth Night will be presented on the Winslow Great Lawn, so families are free to pack a picnic and bring a blanket to share one of the Bard’s most beloved plays with the whole family. Performances will be held from July 5 to 14 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 8:00 p.m. Click here to purchase for these performances. General admission is $22, with discounts available for seniors, students, members of the military, and groups.
You can also see Twelfth Night onstage at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre for three nights only, July 8, 9, and 10, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for these shows are available at www.summergarden.com. All tickets for performances in Annapolis are $15. Experiencing a production at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre is an extra treat because the building is both a cultural and historic landmark.
Whether you’re a novice playgoer or an aficionado of the Bard, come experience Twelfth Night with MSF at one of these two great venues!