Twelfth Night

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Twelfth Night

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Randall Sharp

April 24 - May 25, 2024
Wednesdays - Saturdays at 8PM
Adults: $40; Seniors/Students: $20; Artists/Under 30: $10 | Veterans & Active U.S. Service Members and Their Families, FREE

Randall Sharp brings Drama-Desk nominated Axis Company’s signature stark and (live) musical touch to Shakespeare’s most painful comedy, "Twelfth Night", in a streamlined adaptation.

Even in a season of the darkest calamities, does the human will to be happy ever surrender? Shall there be cakes, ale, dancing and love, as the darkness ever looms? Director Randall Sharp brings her signature stark and musical touch to one of Shakespeare’s most hilarious, yet heart-breaking tales of unrequited love. Sharp’s radical interpretation strips away much of the jovial excess of Shakespeare’s most-beloved play and places focus on the yearning for human connection.

Spencer Aste; Brian Barnhart; Eli Bridges; Andrew Dawson; George Demas; Katy Frame; Britt Genelin; Robert Ierardi; Brian Parks; Dee Pelletier; Jon McCormick; Jim Sterling

Musicians: Paul Carbonara (guitar), Yonatan Gutfeld (piano/cello)

director: Randall Sharp
adaptation/dramaturge: Marc Palmieri
production stage manager: Regina Betancourt
asst. stage manager: Laurie Kilmartin
light designer: David Zeffren
assistant light designer: Amy Harper
composer/sound designer: Paul Carbonara
choreographer: Lynn Mancinelli
costume designer: Karl Ruckdeschel
asst. costume designer: Jess Gersz
hair and makeup designer: Will Vicari
hair & makeup supervisor: Leone Gagliardi
wigs provided by The Wig Associates
properties designer: Lynn Mancinelli
set designer: Randall Sharp
set construction: Adam Couperthwaite, Jon McCormick
sound engineers: Michael Birnbaum, Chris Bittneri
production photography: Regina Betancourt
box office manager – Coco Knostman

website & graphic designer: Ethan Crenson
publicity/PR: Everyman Agency

Artistic Director - Randall Sharp
Producing Director - Brian Barnhart
Executive Producer - Jeffrey Resnick
Technical Director - Jon McCormick

Thank You
TDF Costume Collection, Krystal Balleza (Wigmaker), Bethany Joy Costumes, LR Tailoring

Ship Photo Credit: Chris Roxburgh

Seating is General Admission and the Running Time is approximately 90 minutes.

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A face mask is optional while inside the theatre.
We will offer flexible options for exchanging tickets and account credit if you cannot attend a performance due to illness or recent COVID-19 exposure.

  • Britt Genelin, Spencer Aste, Jon McCormick, Katy Frame - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • Brian Parks, George Demas, Brian Barnhart - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • Andrew Dawson, George Demas, Dee Pelletier - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • Britt Genelin (center) with the cast of Twelfth Night - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • Spencer Aste, Andrew Dawson and the cast of Twelfth Night - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • Katy Frame and the cast of Twelfth Night - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • Katy Frame - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • Dee Pelletier, Brian Barnhart, Katy Frame - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • Britt Genelin, Dee Pelletier, Brian Parks, George Demas - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • Eli Bridges, Spencer Aste, Dee Pelletier - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • Paul Carbonara, Yonatan Gutfeld, Spencer Aste, Jon McCormick, Dee Pelletier, Brian Barnhart, Katy Frame - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • Andrew Dawson, Britt Genelin, Robert Ierardi - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • Dee Pelletier, George Demas, Spencer, Brian Barnhart, Katy Frame - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • Britt Genelin, Katy Frame - photo by Pavel Antonov

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“…a perfect rendition of the twists and turns of this wonderful comedy… Director Randall Sharp… intricately brings “Twelfth Night” to life… her fluid direction of the cast allows them to drift across the stage lending an air of fantasy to the productions… The ensemble cast is up to the task of making Shakespeare more accessible without losing any of his mastery. No one should be intimidated by this production as it welcomes you into a fantasy world where reality is checked at the door.”
—Front Mezz Junkies
“Marc Palmieri’s brilliant adaptation… is pure story; accessible, lovely and flowing. Director Randall Sharp’s staging is clean and simple, allowing the heart of the story to be presented… there is a rainbow of color in the music of the play that adds all kinds of texture… the ensemble is prodigious, using the space with grace of movement that glides and flies from scene to scene. All strong solid performances.”
—Front Row Center
“ elegantly streamlined and truncated staging of Shakespeare’s 'Twelfth Night'… Sharp’s staging is clean and stylish, putting the emphasis on the work’s subtly shifting emotional landscape… live musicians are ingeniously incorporated into the fabric of the play, and they provide wonderful underscoring over the course of the performance (Paul Carbonara’s recurring love motif is particularly enchanting)… the acting is reliably solid… which lends itself to Sharp’s human-scaled version of Twelfth Night.”
“The Axis Theatre Company’s new adaptation of Shakespeare’s 'Twelfth Night' is something to celebrate. Directed by Randall Sharp, and superbly performed by a 12-member ensemble cast, this 'Twelfth Night' is a wild and wonderful romp through Illyria.”
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