The Center & The Public Theater Mobile Shakespeare Unit Present Twelfth Night
When a young shipwrecked immigrant named Viola takes a chance on the “wet foot, dry foot” policy of the mid-nineties and washes up amidst the shore of glitzy Illyria, Florida, she finds herself a stranger in a fabulously strange new land.
Disguised as a boy named Cesario (her presumed dead twin brother), Viola throws herself into a new gig as assistant to Orsino and is tasked with delivering his adoring valentines to the wealthy Olivia. But as Viola woos Olivia in her boss’s name, she falls head over spiky heels for Orsino while Olivia turns her affections to the intriguing young messenger boy Cesario.
Set to the rhythms of house, Cuban and nineties beats, Saheem Ali directs this colorful comedy about the power of new people and new experiences that throw the world into beautiful disarray, opening hearts and minds to the possibility of love.
From schools to homeless shelters, prisons to community centers, the Public Theater’s Mobile Unit brings Shakespeare to the people, and the people to Shakespeare.
Made possible by a grant from The Kors Le Pere Foundation.