Short Shakespeare!

Twelfth Night


March 5

April 9, 2016

at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

adapted and directed by Kirsten Kelly


The Play

Shakespeare’s romantic comedy is designed to immerse students, young audiences and families alike in the playwright’s timeless work in this 75-minute abridged production. A pair of shipwrecked twins set into motion a tale of mistaken identity and unlikely love. Separated from her brother Sebastian, the quick-thinking Viola adopts a male disguise and enters the service of the handsome Duke Orsino—only to find herself in the middle of a triangle of unrequited love. Following each Saturday performance, the actors remain on stage for a question-and-answer session, then join the audience in the Lobby for conversations and photos. 



Video: Short Shakespeare! Twelfth Night Montage

Gallery: On Stage

Gallery: Design Renderings


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The Story

A shipwrecked young woman dressed as a man enters the service of a handsome duke, landing in the middle of a love triangle.
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A Scholar's Perspective

"Should we give in to such desires? That is the question that the play poses so acutely for its characters and for us."
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Access Shakespeare

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The Players

Creative Team

Kirsten Kelly Director

Scott Davis Scenic Designer

Rachel Healy Costume Designer

Greg Hofmann Lighting Designer

Ethan Deppe Composer and Sound Designer

Melissa Veal Wig and Make-up Designer

 Fight Choreographer

Elizabeth Swanson Assistant Director

Kathryn Walsh Verse Coach


La Shawn Banks Malvolio

Lynn Robert Berg Antonio / Captain

Ronald Conner Sir Toby Belch

Dominic Conti Sir Andrew Aguecheek

Donavan Diaz Fabian

Lydia Berger Gray Maria

Rebecca Hurd Viola

Nik Kmiecik Curio / Priest

Krystel Lucas Olivia

Will Mobley Feste

Neal Moeller Orsino

Blake Montgomery Antonio / Captain

Colin Morgan Valentine / First Officer

Nate Santana  Sebastian

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