October 25

December 3, 2023

Courtyard Theater

by William Shakespeare
directed by Tyrone Phillips

★★★★ A TRIUMPH ...if there ever was a show that looked like the work of a very happy director & cast, this is that production. And it is most contagious.

Chicago Tribune

FRESH, FAST-PACED, AND SO MUCH FUN! Audiences will lose themselves in this laugh‑out‑loud romantic comedy... a guaranteed treat for the senses.

Theatre In Chicago


“If music be the food of love, play on.” Shakespeare’s joyful comedy is brought to vibrant new life as director Tyrone Phillips, a first-generation Jamaican American, reimagines Illyria in the Caribbean isles. Separated from her twin brother in a shipwreck and washed ashore in an unfamiliar land, the spirited Viola disguises herself as a man to work for charming Duke Orsino—and finds herself in the middle of a love triangle of hilarious mistaken identities. Filled with witty commentary on gender, class, and sexuality, this sparkling romance brims with heart and revels in the intoxicating power of love. Chris Jones wraps up his FOUR‑STAR Chicago Tribune review with this declaration: “I’ll end with some critic’s guarantees on this special one: You will follow the plot with ease. You will smile... you will leave feeling warmer and maybe even closer to the person in the next seat. All that and Shakespeare, too.”



Pre-Ambles: Free half-hour weekend scholar talks
Twelfth Night Playlist
Twelfth Night: On Stage

Audio Description (with optional Touch Tour): Sun, November 12 2:00 p.m.


Projected Spanish Translation: Tue, November 14 7:30 p.m.


Open Captioning: Wed, November 15 1:00 & 7:30 p.m.


ASL Duo-interpretation: Fri, December 1 7:30 p.m.



The Players

Creative Team

Tyrone Phillips Director

Sydney Lynne Scenic Designer

Christine Pascual Costume Designer

Xavier Pierce Lighting Designer

Mike Tutaj Projection Designer

Willow James Sound Designer

Robert Reddrick Music Director

Sadira Muhammad Movement Director

Kevin Gudahl Verse Coach

Michelle Bester Assistant Director

Matt Hawkins Fight Choreographer

Gaby Labotka Intimacy Director

Alyssa Thompson Assistant Scenic Designer

Parker Molacek Assistant Projection Designer

Chris Feurig Assistant Lighting Designer

Sakyrah Morris Assistant Sound Designer

Bob Mason Casting Director

Jessica Forella Stage Manager

Michael George Assistant Stage Manager


Shelby Lynn Bias Fabian

Christiana Clark Olivia

Ronald Conner Sir Toby Belch

Naphtali Curry Valentine/Second Officer/Priest

Danielle Davis Maria

Yao Dogbe Orsino

Israel Erron Ford Feste

Alex Goodrich Sir Andrew Aguecheek

Jaeda LaVonne Viola

Arielle Leverett Gentlewoman

Roberto Mántica Curio/First Officer

Adam Poss Antonio/Captain

Justen Ross Sebastian

Paul Oakley Stovall Malvolio

Christian Andrews Understudy

Ernest Bentley Understudy

Cereyna J. Bougouneau Understudy

Blake Hamilton Currie Understudy

Donterrio Understudy

Dylan J. Fleming Understudy

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