Striving Artists Theatre Company
Twelfth Night (2011)
Striving Artists proudly presented its second annual Shakespeare in the Park production, Twelfth Night, in the summer of 2011.
After the success of last year's Much Ado About Nothing, SAC once again produced a free outdoor series of performances throughout eastern Mass.
Viola is shipwrecked in Illyria and promptly disguises herself as a boy Cesario and places herself in the employ of Duke Orsino. She learns he is in love with Olivia, who has sworn off men for at least seven years after the deaths of her father and brother. Viola is sent by Orsino to woo Olivia on his behalf. She succeeds in wooing Olivia, only Olivia falls in love with Cesario instead of Orsino. Meantime, Olivia's uncle Toby Belch and his posse of drunkards plot to make a fool of Malvolio, Olivia's very self-involved and prudish steward. Hilarity ensues, but it is all tinged with a deep sadness, as every character in the play is in some way damaged. Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare's greatest comedies, and SAC is very excited at the production we've prepared.
Twelfth Night was Striving Artists' most successful show to date, being seen by hundreds of people throughout Massachusetts.
Click on the poster to see a slideshow of nearly 200 photos taken by Peter Simons. Poster images by Rachel Andersen.
Beverly local access program Kiwanis Conversations dedicates an entire 30 minute episode to Striving Artists' 5th Anniversary and their production of Twelfth Night! Click HERE to watch the interview!
Check HERE for some conceptual drawings of costumes, setting, character breakdowns, etc.