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Twelfth Night by A Company of Fools

Twelfth Night by A Company of Fools

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A Company of Fools returns to Windsor Park with the ever popular Torchlight Shakespeare Series – bringing Shakespeare to Ottawa parks all summer long! Now in its sixteenth year, this season’s Torchlight production is the farcical romantic comedy Twelfth Night – one of Shakespeare’s most beloved works.

“If music be the food of love, play on!”

About Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night is the story of two twins — Viola and Sebastian — shipwrecked in the land of Illyria. Believing her brother has been swallowed up by the sea, Viola cross dresses as “Cesario” and secures employment under Duke Orsino. Viola finds herself falling in love with the Duke, but is ordered to profess Orsino’s undying affection for Olivia, a countess refusing to grant appearances to any suitors. Chaos ensues as Olivia falls for Viola in disguise, and later mistakes her for Sebastian who (surprise!) is still alive and turns up in Illyria. All the while, Olivia’s drunkard uncle Sir Toby Belch, her maid Maria, Feste the court fool, and the pitiful courter Sir Andrew Aguecheek, play a trick on the head servant Malvolia which totters between hilarity and cruelty.

This 90 minute six-actor production of Twelfth Night will play against the backdrop of 35 community parks in 50 performances across Ottawa and the surrounding area. Join the Fools for this vibrant gender-bending comedy of love, music and mistaken identity. Fun for the whole family!

“This fellow is wise enough to play the fool”

Meet the Fools – Our Cast and Crew

Directed by Bronwyn Steinberg, this season’s cast includes returning Fools Mary Ellis, Tamara Freeman, Kate McArthur and new Fools Catherine Rainville, Garrett Quirk and Kate Smith. Featuring costume, mask and puppet designs by Vanessa Imeson, set design by Brian Smith and original music by Melissa Morris, this production is set in a fantastical, jewel-toned world, that blends David Bowie’s Labryrinth phase with Art Nouveau and live ‘80’s synth-pop, creating a fast-paced, visceral experience not to be missed!

“This is very midsummer madness”

Windsor Park

Twelfth Night will play in Windsor Park Saturday, August 18, 2018. With a matinée and evening performance, residents of Old Ottawa South will have extra chances to catch the Foolish fun!

Twelfth Night runs July 2 – August 15, 2018 Mondays through Saturdays at 7 pm and Saturdays at 2 pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, bug spray, and your sense of humour. Pass-the-hat donations are collected at the end of the performance and can be submitted in the form of cash, credit card, or cheque. More information and a detailed park schedule can be found at www.fools.ca, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 613-863-7529.

Originally published in the July/August OSCAR.

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