Willamette Presents Shakespeares Twelfth Night

Willamette University Theatre is proud to announce its first show of the 2008-09 season, William Shakespeare's comedy, "Twelfth Night," opening Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m., with a preview performance Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Performances are scheduled Oct. 18 through Nov. 1, with Thursday through Saturday evening performances at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Additionally, there will be a special Saturday matinee Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. Performances will be in the Kresge Theatre at Willamette University. Please note that our evening curtain times are now 7:30 pm.

One of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies, "Twelfth Night" cunningly entwines bittersweet tales of frustrated love. Shipwrecked in the land of Illyria, her brother lost at sea, Viola finds herself in the middle of a bizarre love triangle. Employed by Duke Orsino and disguised as a boy, she is sent on an embassy of love to Countess Olivia, who finds herself smitten by the intriguing messenger. Love, mistaken identities, disguises, revenge, passion and music make "Twelfth Night" a deliciously disturbing and funny play.

"Twelfth Night" also provides a relevant and thought-provoking experience to a contemporary audience. The ideas of madness and vice will be explored, as well as the theory that, ultimately, what we are looking for as humans is "somebody to love." Through movement, text and design, the play will offer a visual and intellectual feast for the viewer, and raise questions regarding love, honor and the individual's place in the world.

The theatre is pleased to welcome Willamette alumni Michael Brusasco as guest director. Brusasco has performed in several professional theatre companies and was a founding member of the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, Minn. Special guest Brent Barnes will join the cast as the cynical, self-proclaimed "puritan" Malvolio. Barnes is an ensemble member of Hypatia Theatre Company in Chicago and appeared off-Broadway and with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in "Grasmere." Regional Theatre credits include six seasons with the Utah Shakespearean Festival and the U.S. premiere of "The Parfumerie" in Urbana, Ill. Technical elements of the production will by provided by Willamette University Theatre faculty, staff and students. Chris Harris will conceptualize the visual surroundings, drawing on a classic Elizabethan stage set with many surprises. Rachel Kinsman-Steck will light the show, and Bobby Brewer-Wallin will design the costumes.

Again, please note that evening curtain times have changed to 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, call (503) 370-6221 or reserve tickets by email at Opening night is $12 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors. Most other evening performances are $10 for general admission and $6 for students and seniors. Contact the Box Office for specific pricing and details. The Willamette campus is located at 900 State Street in Salem. For more information contact the Theatre Department at (503) 370-6222 or visit