Shakespeare's Gender-Bending Comedy Twelfth Night from Cal Shakes
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I really enjoyed seeing a different interpretation of Twelfth Night. It totally worked. I thought the Studio 54/Glam Rock/ Gender Bending setting was quite inspired actually, but if you want a traditional rendition -you won't enjoy it. But if you're up for Shakespeare with a difference --go. Go for Feste's and Malvolio's performance alone - hilarious!
Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, noted for its romance, cross dressing and mistaken identities, also touches on issues of gender, ambition and love. Director Mark Rucker says he will address “gender as the boundary, the limit in this story; it restricts the relationships. What happens if a man feels himself falling in love with a man—but can’t let himself accept that?”
Rucker previously directed Cal Shakes’ productions of Richard III in 2007 and Romeo and Juliet in 2001. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Rucker’s other Bay Area credits include The Beard of Avon by Amy Freed at ACT, Culture Clash’s The Birds at Berkeley Rep and Luminescence Dating by Carey Perloff at Magic Theatre/ACT. His feature film debut, “Die Mommie Die!,” won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
Recent American Conservatory Theater MFA graduate Alex Morf will play both Viola and Sebastian, the twins who are separated during a storm at sea. Morf was seen in Cal Shakes’ production of Pericles and received Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award nomination for his work in ACT’s The Rainmaker. Bay Area favorite Sharon Lockwood will play the dour servant Malvolio; she was last seen at Cal Shakes in Richard III and Restoration Comedy; other recent Bay Area credits include ACT’s Tis A Pity She’s A Whore and The Government Inspector.
The countess, Olivia, will be played by Dana Green, who recently appeared in The Constant Wife and The Play’s the Thing at Asolo Rep, and spent four seasons with the Stratford Festival of Canada. Duke Orsino will be played by Associate Artist Stephen Barker Turner, last seen at Cal Shakes as Orsino in As You Like It and in the title role in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.