American Shakespeare Center to Perform “Twelfth Night”

The American Shakespeare Center will present Twelfth Night at Ursinus College on Monday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center’s Blackbox Studio Theater. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 7 p.m. with pre-show entertainment and music. Contact Margie Connor at mconnor@ursinus.edu for more information.

Twelfth Night

Lexie Helgerson as Viola and Stephanie Holladay Earl as Olivia in Twelfth Night. Photo by Michael Bailey.

Writing at the height of his powers, Shakespeare provides a feast of language and songs — and a stage full of memorable characters — in Twelfth Night, from the lovesick Orsino and Viola to the alesick Toby Belch, from the acquiescent Sir Andrew Aguecheek to the pompous Malvolio. Sublime and subversive, Twelfth Night breaks rules and bends gender to show love in all its guises and disguises.

Returning to the Philadelphia area for the first time in 20 years, the American Shakespeare Center On Tour is the international touring arm of the American Shakespeare Center. Direct from the stage of the ASC’s celebrated Blackfriars Playhouse, the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre, the American Shakespeare Center On Tour boasts more than two decades worth of global touring experience. This elite troupe stands as one of America’s foremost providers of quality entertainment to performing and fine arts centers on both sides of the Atlantic.

“We scour the country for the right 10 to 12 actors to perform all these roles in all of these plays,” said ASC Artistic Director Jim Warren. “Not only are we looking for the right talent to do these shows in true rotating repertory (a great lost joy in today’s theater world), but we’re also looking for personalities we think will gel into a dynamic, well-balanced ensemble on and off the stage. On top of all of that, we’re also looking for singers and musicians because we perform all of our music live and unplugged; join us for our pre-show a half-hour before show time for some musical treats.” More information on the American Shakespeare Center can be found at www.americanshakespearecenter.com.