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



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.


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.


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, keyword “Twelfth” or by calling toll free (800) 293-5949.