McLennan Theatre: Twelfth Night or What You Will
“If music be the food of love, play on.” This immortal line begins one of William Shakespeare’s most beloved and intriguing comedies. Our journey finds Viola and Sebastian, twin siblings, shipwrecked, separated, and cast on the shores of the perilous isle of Illyria. Viola, fearing for her safety, disguises herself as Cesario, a young man, and joins the court of the melancholy Duke Orsino. Distraught over unrequited love, Orsino sends Viola to woo the withdrawn Countess Olivia in his place. With this madcap setup, Shakespeare launches his characters into a circuitous plot involving awkward love triangles, mistaken identities, malicious pranks, and fantastic duels.