The Public Theater's Mobile Unit production of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night opened last night, April 27, in the Public's LuEsther Theater. The production comes to the public after a three-week tour of the five boroughs, bringing Shakespeare to audiences who have limited or no access to the arts.
In director Saheem Ali's production, Viola is a shipwrecked immigrant taking a chance on the "wet foot, dry foot" policy of the mid-'90s who finds herself washed up amid the shore of glitzy Illyria, Florida. Her journey is set to the rhythms of house, Cuban, and '90s beats.
The cast includes Sebastian Chacon (Sebastian), Michael Bradley Cohen (Orsino, Sir Andrew Aguecheek), Danaya Esperanza (Viola), Ceci Fernandez (Olivia), Christopher Ryan Grant (Sir Toby Belch), Donnetta Lavinia Grays (Feste), Aneesh Sheth (Maria), David Ryan Smith (Malvolio), and Michael Thurber (Antonio).
Twelfth Night features scenic design by Arnulfo Maldonado, costume design by Dede Ayite, music composition by Michael Thurber, movement direction by Tanya Birl, and fight direction by Lisa Kopitsky.
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