SHAKESPEARE'S TWELFTH NIGHT
CONTINUES CITY LITS 28TH SEASON
City Lit Theaters first-ever Shakespeare production, Twelfth Night, will begin previews on Friday, January 11 and open for the press on Monday, January 14. The production, directed by Jay Paul Skelton, runs through February 24.
Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeares joyous comedies, and features what may be the most complicated love triangle in any play. Viola, a shipwrecked stranger in Illyria, has disguised herself as a man and entered the service of the duke Orsino. She falls in love with Orsino, but cannot reveal this to him without also revealing her true identity. Orsino loves the countess Olivia, who will have nothing to do with him. He sends the disguised Viola to Olivia as his emissary, and the countess promptly falls in love with the man she supposes Viola to be.
The play also features Shakespeares best known comic subplot, the running battle between Malvolio, Olivias pompous chief of staff, and the fun-loving denizens of the household led by her aptly named uncle, Sir Toby Belch
The cast for City Lits production is as follows: Jeremy Cudd, Mike Dolson, Melanie Esplin, Vanessa Greenway, Nick Lake, Julian Martinez, Joe McCauley, Robert McLean, Frank Nall, Matt Rudy, Tiffany Joy Ross, Paige Smith, and Conor Woods. The design team consists of Branimira Ivanova (costumes), Jared Moore (lighting), Hazel Marie (props), Marcus Stephens (set), and Robert Steel (sound and original compositions).
Jay Paul Skelton is Producing Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Festival at the University of Notre Dame. He most recently directed Stephen Sondheims The Frogs at Pegasus Players, and Bizets Carmen for Opera Theatre North at Ravinia Festival. Other recent credits include Ravels opera The Bewitched Child for the Chicago Cultural Center, and the Jeff-nominated world premiere musical Camp Nimrod for Girls for Live Bait Theatre. He adapted and directed TimeLine Theatres To Live as Variously as Possible, about the life and work of poet Frank O'Hara, for which he received an After Dark Award for Outstanding New Play Adaptation. In addition, Jay received an After Dark Award for directing Eclipse Theatres Porcelain. He has also worked at the Goodman, Lifeline, Silk Road, Mary-Arrchie, Next, About Face, Organic, CollaborAction, Circle, Chicago Dramatists and Theatre on the Lake, among others. He is on the teaching staff of Act One Studios in Chicago and is Assistant Professor of Shakespeare at the University of Notre Dame.
Twelfth Night will play Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 3:00 PM, January 11 through February 24. Press opening is Monday, January 14 at 7:00 PM. Ticket prices are $18 for previews and $25 after opening. Discounts are available for seniors, students and groups of ten or more. Tickets can be reserved by going to www.citylit.org or by calling (773) 293-3682.
City Lit's production of Twelfth Night is the third producti
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