Twelfth Night, or What You Will

Twelfth Night, or What You Will

Now through February 25
Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Jeffrey Mosser

A delightful production infused with physical comedy, swing music, interactive games, and a surprise ending that will leave you breathless, this charming version of TWELFTH NIGHT is sure to shake the winter blues away!

Following a shipwreck, twin brother Sebastian and sister Viola are separated in the land of Illyria. Viola assumes a new life as “Cesario” and enters the service of the Duke who longs for the love of the neighboring Countess. However, the Countess finds Cesario more to her liking. Deception, disguise, and the madness of love take center stage in one of the Bard’s greatest romantic comedies.

The running time for this production is 2 hours and 30 minutes with one 15 minute intermission.

Please be advised this production contains fog/haze and gun shots.

William Shakespeare (Playwright) wrote a total of 37 plays revolving around several main themes: histories, tragedies, comedies and tragicomedies. Plays include ROMEO AND JULIET, HENRY VI (PARTS I, II AND III), RICHARD II, HENRY V, JULIUS CAESAR, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, MERCHANT OF VENICE, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, AS YOU LIKE IT, TITUS ANDRONICUS, THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST, KING JOHN, THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, HAMLET, OTHELLO, KING LEAR, MACBETH, CYMBELINE, THE WINTER'S TALE, THE TEMPEST, ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL, MEASURE FOR MEASURE, TIMON OF ATHENS, CORIOLANUS, PERICLES and HENRY VIII.

Jeffrey Mosser (Director) is a theatre-maker and co-founder of Project: Project, where he co-created and directed immersive events, adaptations, and documentary-style performances including HOW MAY I CONNECT YOU? (OR, SCENES IN THE KEY OF D:\). From 2010-12 he served as Community Outreach Director for the Plays for Presidents Festival, connecting and producing 46 productions of the play 44 PLAYS FOR 44 PRESIDENTS across the United States. Currently in pursuit of his MFA at Northwestern University, he has directed O GURU GURU GURU… and CRIME AND PUNISHMENT as a part of the Lab Series. Favorite directing credits include: THEATRE FOR TWO: THE WEDDING PARTY, IMAGINATION (Actors Theatre of Louisville), T: AN MBTA MUSICAL (American Repertory Theatre’s Club Oberon) 44 PLAYS FOR 44 PRESIDENTS (Bad Habit Productions), SHIVER: A FAIRYTALE OF ANXIOUS PROPORTIONS (Project: Project), and BOBRAUSHENBERGAMERICA (National High School Institute). He has trained with Dell’Arte International, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Double Edge Theatre, ImprovBoston, Augusto Boal, Giovanni Fusetti, Liz Lerman, Dominique Serrand, and the inmates from Shakespeare Behind Bars. In addition, he has contributed to new play development at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Northlight Theatre, O’Neill Theater Center, Boston Children’s Theater, Fresh Ink Theatre, and Boston Public Works while assisting and observing directors and playwrights including Jessica Thebus, David Catlin, Mary Zimmerman, Anne Bogart, Jamie Castañeda, Trip Cullman, Sean Daniels, Michael Lew, Kirk Lynn, Aaron Posner and Deborah Stein. In his downtime Jeffrey enjoys carving pumpkins. www.JeffreyMosser.me

Scenic Designer: Woongjin Oh
Costume Designer: Stephanie Ross
Lighting Designer: Jessica Neill
Sound Designer: Chris Kriz
Fight Choreographer: Britain Willcock
Choreographers: John Holmstrom & Melissa Rutherfoord
Dramaturg: Megan Housley
Stage Manager: Shannon Desmond

Performance Schedule
Friday, February 16 at 7:30PM
Saturday, February 17 at 7:30PM
Sunday, February 18 at 2:00PM
Thursday, February 22 at 7:30PM
Friday, February 23 at 7:30PM
Saturday, February 24 at 7:30PM
Sunday, February 25 at 2:00PM

Ticket Pricing
Adult $25
Seniors (62+) $22
Area Educator $22
NU Faculty/Emeritus/Staff $20
Full-Time Student $10
NU Student $6/Adv. $10/Door
Tickets are nonrefundable after final purchase.
Exchanges are available. An exchange fee of $3.00 is applied per ticket.

Post Show Discussion: Saturday, February 17
Join director Jeffrey Mosser, Northwestern University Curator Dan Zellner and the cast of TWELFTH NIGHT, OR WHAT YOU WILL for a  lively post-show discussion about Shakespeare, Gender, Comedy and Commedia dell'arte.

This production of “TWELFTH NIGHT, OR WHAT YOU WILL” is part of Chicago Theatre Week 2018, celebrating the rich tradition of theatre-going in Chicago. Returning for the sixth year, Chicago Theatre Week 2018 will be held February 8-18 and will include value-priced tickets to more than 120 shows. Visitors and residents will again have the opportunity to sample the extraordinary range of theatrical offerings throughout Chicagoland.