Department of Theatre and Drama helping celebrate 400 years of Shakespeare


Twelfth NightCelebrating 400 years of Shakespeare

In honor of 400 years of William Shakespeare, UW–Madison is hosting several events devoted to the beloved playwright.

And as part of these efforts, the School of Education’s Department of Theatre & Drama is proud to present Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” Feb. 23 (preview) to March 12 at the Gilbert V. Hemsley Theatre.

One of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, “Twelfth Night” was believed to have been written in the early 17th century as a Twelfth Night’s entertainment for the close of the Christmas season. The play centers on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. Viola, who is disguised as a boy, falls in love with Duke Orsino, who in turn is in love with the Countess Olivia. Upon meeting Viola, Countess Olivia falls in love with her thinking she is a man.

The play expanded on the musical interludes and riotous disorder expected of the occasion. This particular production, directed by David Furumoto, will be an “east meets west” experience — setting the play on a South Sea’s island at the beginning of the previous century and focusing on multi-ethnic and multicultural casting.

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