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William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"

Start Date: February 26 7:00 PM

The Phillips Academy Department of Theatre and Dance is pleased to present the Rosenkranz Shakespeare Fund Production of William Shakespear's greatest comedy, Twelfth Night. Directed by faculty member, Kevin Heelan, this version of Twelfth Night is set in a nightclub during the 1920’s, a period when the chaos of jazz, booze, and brawls runs rampant.

The story features a love triangle of sorts -- Orsino is in love with Olivia, Olivia, in turn, loves Viola, who has disguised herself as a boy, all while Sebastian has fallen in love with Olivia. Throughout the story, drunken pranksters, Toby Belch, Fabian, and Andrew Aguecheek conspire to torture and make the naive Malvolio believe that Olivia has fallen for him. All set against a crazy backdrop of jazz, booze, brawls, flapper girls, cops, and crooks, it is a chaotically sweet and sad tale of misplaced affection.

The first performance of the play will be open only to Phillips Academy seniors and faculty members and will be held on Thursday, February 26 at 7 p.m. That performance will be free of charge.  One performances on Friday, February 27, will start at 8 p.m. There will be two performances offered on Saturday, February 28, starting at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The Friday and Saturday performances are open to the public. Tickets are $5 and may be reserved through the PA box office at 978-749-4433. All performances will be held in the Steinbach Theatre, located in George Washington Hall on the Phillips Academy campus.

The cast of Twelfth Night includes Erica Nork ’16, Lauren Smith ’15, Elliott Sagay ’15, Theo Perez ’16, Dakoury Godo-Solo ’17, Claire Glover ’16, Vince Mocco ’15, Rob Irvin ’15, Jack Twomey ’17, Jack Lawlor ’17, Mofope Olarinmoye ’16, Makenna Marshall ’18, Michaela Barczak ’15, Bianca Navarro-Bowman ’15, Elizabeth Latham ’16, Nikolas Skrivanos ’17, Foster LeBoeuf ’15, Auguste White ’17, and Seho Young ‘15. Twelfth Night is assistant directed by David Benedict ’15, stage managed by Kieto Mahaniah ‘16, and features set design by faculty member Allen Grimm, costumes and lighting designs by faculty member Billy W. Murray, choreography by Janice Cheon ‘16, and original sound design by Scott MacDonald ’15

The Rosenkranz Shakespeare Fund was established by Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz '88, in honor of his 25th reunion, to support theatre at Phillips Academy. Rosenkranz discovered his love of theatre at Andover, in K. Kelly Wise's legendary class, Novel & Drama, and Rosenkranz directed his first production, Tina Howe's Painting Churches, in the Drama Lab in 1988. Rosenkranz is a constitutional law professor by day, but he remains passionately involved in the theatre, producing Broadway plays in his spare time (including, most recently, David Mamet's Race and Tom Stoppard's Arcadia). The Rosenkranz Shakespeare Fund will support at least one major theatrical production each year in the Theatre Department, preferably by William Shakespeare

Box Office Info

The Theatre and Dance Box Office is located across the hall from Tang Theatre in George Washington Hall. Tickets may be purchased over the phone by calling 978-749-4433 or at box office. Hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday-Friday. The Box Office also opens one hour prior to each show. Tickets must be purchased in person at that time. The Box Office phone is not answered one hour prior to shows.


Contact Info

  • Phillips Academy Box Office
  • 978-749-4433
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