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Twelfth Night or All You Need is Love

Adapted by Lesley and Robert Currier, from Shakespeare
Directed by Lesley and Robert Currier

Producer’s Perspective:

I told the cast that if they didn’t have fun doing this play, then there was something very wrong. As an actor, when you’re handed a chopped-up copy of perhaps the greatest comedy of the 17th Century (A Midsummer Night’s Dream having been written in the 16th), and then you’re asked to throw in lyrics from the 1960’s, you might doubt the sanity of the project. Certainly, at our first read-through, there seemed to be some doubt in the air. That doubt returned when actors were asked to break out of character and master passionate dance moves. And yet…

It was so much fun! For everyone. It might have taken a while for some, but every single actor in this production had an extraordinary amount of fun onstage. The audiences for the most part, loved the show – although I heard from every single Shakespeare purist who didn’t. And I sat watching with a huge grin on my face at every single performance.

Bob was in his element as Toby Belch. Jack Powell was born to play Malvolio. Camilla Ford, our Baja Shakespeare star, won over the Bay Area actors and audiences – who might have had some doubt about a 40 something woman playing a young man in love with a female lead – and charmed everyone with her goofball sense of humor, sweetness, and funky dance moves. It was awesomely fabulous to have Lucas McClure back onstage playing guitar in his sexy Dylan outfit and delighting us with Feste’s wit. And speaking of sexy…could anything be hotter than Cat Thompson dancing in ‘60’s go-go boots and Carnaby Street inspired high hippie regalia? I don’t think so.

All of the designers outdid themselves. The costumes by Abra Berman were extraordinary. The psychedelic lighting was some of the most fun ever. The sets and props with their Laugh-in inspired colors and patterns were a delight.

And of course, there was the true life romance. Every performance Bill Elsman as Orsino proposed to Alex Matthews as Viola – which made all of us remember his offstage proposal to her, and look forward to their very real wedding, which took place the weekend after the season closed. It was always fun to see Alex backstage arguing with her mom on the phone about flower arrangements and cakes, or planning out seating charts and events for out-of-town family and guests. I guess I’m just a romantic, but there was certainly romance in the air all throughout our summer of love. Peace and love!



CAST & Production Staff


Desiree Valentine – Charlene Eldon
The Valentines – Sheila Devitt, Emily Parker Hock, Caroline Servat
Duke Orsino – William Elsman*
Viola – Alexandra Matthew*
Sea Captain – Terry Rucker
Sailors – Steven Scot Bono, Morielle Stroethoff
Sir Toby Belch – Robert Currier
Maria – Shannon Veon Kase
Sir Andrew Aguecheek – Camilla Ford
Feste – Lucas McClure*
Lady Olivia – Cat Thompson*
Malvolio – Jack Powell*
Antonio – Steve Budd
Sebastian – Alex Curtis
Officers - Steven Scot Bono, Morielle Stroethoff
Sri Yogi Maharishi – Terry Rucker
Flower Power Kids – Dylan Cooper, Ali Evans, Griffin Griggs, Isabelle Grimm,
Rosie Hornstein, Brittany Kenyon, Kyle Stampfli, Elyse Wang


Artistic Director – Robert S. Currier
Producer – Lesley Schisgall Currier
Choreographer – Cynthia Pepper
Costume Design – Abra Berman
Lighting Design – Ellen Brooks
Props Design – Joel and Toni Eis
Set Design – Mark Robinson
Sound Design – Billie Cox
Stage Manager – Allsion Ward*
Assistant Stage Manager – Siri Olson


* Member of Actor's Equity Association

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