Twelfth Night

Access Theater
380 Broadway, New York, NY 10013
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

Ripple Effect Artists take on Shakespeare's raucous romantic comedy, Twelfth Night, about two shipwrecked twins - Viola and Sebastian - and the mischief they create. Viola - reeling from a shipwreck in which she thinks her brother has been killed - dresses like him to survive in the strange land where she finds herself. This decision to gender-bend changes the lives of Duke Orsino, pining over Lady Olivia, who has now fallen in love with the manly-clad Viola, who is in love with Orsino, who can't love her as the her is a him but... you get the point! This all sets in motion uproarious ruses and plots involving dower Malvolio; drunken Sir Toby Belch; silly Sir Andrew Aguecheek; fetching lady-in-waiting, Maria, and Feste, the fool. And when it turns out Sebastian is not dead… well, that's when the really fun begins! Ripple Effect Artists take on Shakespeare's raucous romantic comedy, Twelfth Night, about two shipwrecked twins - Viola and Sebastian - and the mischief they create. Viola - reeling from a shipwreck in which she thinks her brother has been killed - dresses like him to survive in the strange land where she finds herself. This decision to gender-bend changes the lives of Duke Orsino, pining over Lady Olivia, who has now fallen in love with the manly-clad Viola, who is in love with Orsino, who can't love her as the her is a him but... you get the point! This all sets in motion uproarious ruses and plots involving dower Malvolio; drunken Sir Toby Belch; silly Sir Andrew Aguecheek; fetching lady-in-waiting, Maria, and Feste, the fool. And when it turns out Sebastian is not dead… well, that's when the really fun begins! RIPPLE EFFECT ARTISTS donates a significant box office percentage to a Human Rights Organization coinciding with the subject-matter of the show. Twelfth Night employs one of Shakespeare's comic conventions of switching [sexual] identity. RIPPLE EFFECT ARTISTS asks "In matters of love, how much does gender matter?" Proceeds will be donated to Freedom to Marry.

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