Twelfth Night

four individuals with scripts in hand rehearse a play

Department Performances

Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 8pm
Friday, April 1, 2022 at 3pm
Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 2pm
Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 8pm
Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 8pm
Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 2pm

On an island where everyone’s in love with someone, but no one’s in love with the someone who loves them back, a castaway may be able to set everything right. Shakespeare’s classic tale of gender-bending hijinks, mistaken identity, and the quest for true love is directed by Chad Larabee.  “If music be the food of love, play on.”

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The Theatre Program of the University at Albany’s Department of Music and Theatre is pleased to present William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, the beloved comedy that combines unrequited love, mistaken identity, and tropical island festivities. Six public performances will take place at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the Uptown Campus of the University at Albany from March 31 to April 9, 2022.

Viola and her twin brother Sebastian’s cruise vacation is interrupted when a hurricane breaks their ship in two, sending them crashing into the sea. She awakens on a tropical island and fears her brother died in the wreck. Viola then disguises herself as a man and becomes employed by Duke Orsino to help him win the heart of Olivia, only to have Olivia fall in love with her. Matters are further complicated when Viola falls in love with Orsino, and Sebastian’s eventual arrival on the island leads to outrageous mistaken identity. Adding to the mayhem are revenge-seeking servants, light-hearted island residents and late-night beach parties.

“We wanted to sweep the audience up in the frenzy of the story, so we have reimagined the play as a 70-minute production that unfurls in and around the audience,” says director and UAlbany Theatre faculty member Chad Larabee. He adds, “Our talented cast of sixteen has embraced the joy and timeless truths of Shakespeare’s work; we invite our audience to join in the celebration.”

UAlbany Theatre major Marilyn Feerick, who plays Viola, says, “I've worked with Shakespeare's text in the past, but playing Viola has been more immersive than any other acting experience, she is such a multifaceted character.” Feerick adds, “It's also crazy that Viola's brother Sebastian is played by my real-life brother, Billy! I hope that our relationship makes Viola's impression of Sebastian as fun to watch on stage as it is to play.”

The play’s tropical locale is being brought to life by guest scenic designer Devon Drohan, costume designer and UAlbany Theatre faculty member Reneé M. Bell, and lighting designer and UAlbany Theatre O’Leary Professor Andi Lyons.