The 1920s provides a jazz inspired atmosphere for Maryland Shakespeare Festival’s Riotous Youth production of William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy Twelfth Night.
The Riotous Youth program puts the classics in the hands of Maryland youth age 11 to 18 where they learn the beauty, versatility and meaning of Shakespeare’s language. The process allows them to explore the text and channel their own experiences to breathe life into a play. So join Riotous Youth on a journey that is guaranteed to be a roaring, romantic and rollicking production of Twelfth Night.
After a shipwreck, Viola finds herself alone and separated from her twin brother Sebastian. Viola now has to fend for herself so she decides to disguise herself as a man and starts working for 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 classical love triangle starts to take shape as Olivia experiences love at first sight with “Cesario”. In the meantime, Viola has fallen in love with Orsino, but as “Cesario” she cannot risk exposure and 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 Sir Andrew Aguecheek conspire with Olivia’s servants Maria, Feste and Fabian to play a practical joke on Olivia’s stuffy butler, Malvolio.
Come join the party and laugh with us as Twelfth Night shows the many faces of love.
Twelfth Night performances will be at the Cultural Arts Center in downtown Frederick at 15 West Patrick Street on Friday, May 18th at 8 p.m. and on Saturday, May 19th at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. There will be a post-show discussion with the audience, director, and young actors will follow the Saturday matinee.
Tickets are $10.
Click here to purchase tickets or by calling (301) 668-4090.