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By William Shakespeare

Twelfth Night is a fast-paced romantic comedy with several interwoven plots of romance, mistaken identities and practical jokes. Separated from her twin brother Sebastian in a shipwreck, Viola disguises herself as a boy and becomes a servant to the Duke Orsino. He sends her to woo the Countess Olivia on his behalf, but the Countess falls in love with the disguised Viola instead. More chaos and comedy ensue between Olivia’s drunk uncle and more confusion when Viola’s twin brother turns up. 

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Twelfth Night

Director: Deon Releford-Lee

Miranda watches from the shore of an island where she lives with her father, Prospero, as a ship is wrecked in a terrible storm. Twelve years earlier, Miranda and her father were also shipwrecked on the island. Miranda is afraid for the voyagers. But Prospero assures her they are safe—the storm and the wreck were no accident. Created by Prospero’s spirit-servant Ariel, under the magic art of Prospero, the wrecked boat carries Alonso King of Naples and his son Ferdinand, along with Antonio (Miranda’s uncle and Prospero’s treacherous brother) and other nobles, many of whom were responsible for Miranda and Prospero’s being put out to sea all those years ago. Prospero now holds power over them, and he plans to exact revenge.

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The Tempest

By William Shakespeare

A fragile house of cards is built as Bassanio borrows money from his friend, Antonio, the Merchant of Venice, to (of course) woo a wealthy and beautiful young woman. Antonio’s own money is tied up in business ventures that depend on the safe return of his ships from sea, so he borrows the money from Shylock, a Jewish moneylender Antonio has previously offended, who lends the money against a bond. Failure to repay the loan on the agreed date will entitle Shylock to a pound of Antonio’s flesh. What could go wrong? Everything, of course!

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The Merchant of Venice

By William Shakespeare

Join us for one of Shakespeare’s most adventure-filled plays! Travel along with Prince Pericles on his sailing journey as he flees Antioch in an attempt to save himself from the vengeful and murderous King Antiochus. Chased by King Antiochus’s assassins, while facing rough seas and violent storms, Prince Pericles tries to hide by traveling all around the ancient Greek world until he is shipwrecked in Pentapolis, a fair city with an even fairer King’s daughter: Thaisa (pronounced Ty-eesa). Pericles immediately falls in love and marries Thaisa, but it is not happily-ever-after as many more trials and storms await the couple. Pericles, Prince of Tyre is a love story wrapped in thrilling adventure, complete with pirates, kidnaping, narrow escapes, and the constant threat of peril, as Pericles and Thaisa seek the safety only a stable family, home, and land can provide.

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Pericles

By Thomas Nash and Christopher Marlowe

Aeneas, prince of the lost city of Troy and son of the goddess Venus, is aboard a ship bound for the North African coast when he becomes lost in a storm. The god Jupiter steps in and saves him by calming the seas, allowing Aeneas to land safely. At first, all seems well. Once on land, Aeneas meets Dido, the Queen of Carthage, and he tells her of the destruction of Troy and the purpose for his trip and destiny: to found a new Troy in Italy. Dido supports Aeneas’s goal and agrees to supply his ships. But then Cupid arrives and casts a spell to make Dido fall in love with Aeneas. More storms (literally and figuratively) ensue as now Dido, in love with Aeneas, desperately tries to keep Aeneas from leaving. 

 

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Dido, Queen of Carthage

By Thomas Otway

Venice is rumbling. A corrupt Senate rules the city with an iron fist, while activists take to the streets in protest. Amidst political upheaval, the love affair between a young reformer named Jaffeir and the daughter of a Senator explodes into scandal. When Jaffeir’s friend invites him to join an underground resistance aimed at destroying the Senate once and for all, the stage is set for a revolution that will turn everyone’s world upside down. This thrilling adaptation of Thomas Otway’s Restoration tragedy features actors from across North America.

 

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