by Robert S. Currier
Twelfth Night is a great Shakespearean comedy. Almost all of the characters are fully realized and complex; it is full of laughs, but tinged with darkness; and it is an audience favorite. So it has been done frequently and in many different ways.
I remember when Bob got the idea for his production. We were down in Baja in a little town called El Cardonal on the Sea of Cortez in the middle of nowhere. (This was when we used to escape to Baja, before we were conscripted by the locals in Los Barriles to spend our ‘vacation’ each year producing a Shakespeare play with them as the actors.) We were pacing around the sandy, cacti-covered yard outside our Cardonal house, trying to get at what it was about Twelfth Night that spoke to us. And somehow, Bob came up with the idea that the world of Twelfth Night was much like the post-World War I era.
Many of the characters have gone through sadness and experienced death. Yet Toby and crew, like the Flappers of that era, are holding onto life, and seizing all the pleasure they can wring out of it. And then Bob found the image of Feste with a World War I gas mask. And that was eventually how we saw him when he made his first entrance. It was an eerie image, that odd fool’s mask with its overtones of senseless death.
Cast of Characters
Captain of the shipwrecked ship
Sir Toby Belch
Sir Andrew Aguecheek
Sebastian, Viola's twin brother
Antionio, another sea captain
Orsino's attendants, Officers, Ladies
Barry Alan Levine
MSC Interns and Apprentices
Managing Director - Lesley Currier
Set Design - Bruce Lackovic
Lighting Design - Kimberly J. Scott
Costume Design - Pamela Johnson
Music Composed by - Billie Cox
Props Design - Amy Hatch
Production Stage Manager - Sara Jaramillo*
of Actor's Equity Association