Department of Theatre and Dance Presenting ‘Twelfth Night, or What You Will’ at River Campus

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Dec. 1, 2008 – One of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays, “Twelfth Night, or What You Will” will be presented Dec. 3-6 by the Department of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. 

The production will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3-6 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall.

“Twelfth Night or What You Will” is a comedy written around 1601 and was first published in the First Folio in 1623.  The play was named after the Twelfth Night holiday of the Christmas season.

Viola, a young woman, is shipwrecked in the foreign country of Illyria.  Thinking her twin brother has drowned, Viola takes his name, Cesario. Dressed as a man, Viola successfully applies to serve the Duke of Illyria, Orsino.  It isn’t too much longer that Viola falls in love with Orsino, yet he is in love with a neighboring countess. As the story unfolds, Viola learns her twin brother Sebastian did not die and is living in Illyria.  Shakespeare adds a variety of characters to the plot, which include Sir Toby Belch and Malvolio. “Twelfth Night or What You Will” illustrates jealousy, mistaken identity and cross-dressing, and features fights and duels.  The madness of love can be seen through this Shakespearean play.

OPENING NIGHT FESTIVITIES

The Department of Music’s Southeast Guitar Ensemble will perform in the lobby from 7-7:30 p.m. prior to the performance.  The Department of Art’s River Campus Art Gallery will open the 2008 Graduating Seniors Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition from 1-7:30 p.m.

TICKETS Tickets

May be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651–2265. Tickets also may be purchased at all MetroTix outlets, visit online at MetroTix.com, keyword “Twelfth” or by calling toll free (800) 293-5949.