STARKVILLE, Miss.--"Twelfth Night," Shakespeare's comedy about mistaken identity and jealously in the mythical kingdom of Illyria, will open Mississippi State University's 2013 spring Lyceum Series.
The American Shakespeare Center production will be staged Feb. 22 in Lee Hall's Bettersworth Auditorium. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m.
Due to major Lee Hall renovations, persons attending may only enter and exit through the east-side--nearest to McCain Hall--doors. For information on seating availability, visit the Center for Student Activities in Colvard Student Union Suite 314, or telephone 662-325-2930.
Believed to have been written by the Bard between 1600 and 1602, "Twelfth Night" revolves around three themes: love as a cause of suffering, the uncertainty of gender and the folly of ambition.
Subtitled in the original as "or What You Will," the play tells the story of "Viola," who loves "Orsino," who loves "Olivia," who loves "Cesario"--who actually is "Viola" in male disguise. That neither "Orsino" nor "Olivia" know "Viola" is a woman adds to the confusion.
As is part of the ASC performance tradition, members of the cast and others will hold a series of workshops and master classes for area secondary and university students and teachers. The special programs are made possible through an MSU Cross College Research Award sponsored by the Office of Research and Economic Development.
For the convenience of the hearing impaired and deaf, both the Lee Hall performance and associated workshops and classes will be interpreted.
For more information on the Staunton, Va.-based American Shakespeare Center, visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com/
For additional information on the spring 2013 MSU Lyceum season--and the special construction-affected seating arrangements--also visit www.lyceum.msstate.edu/.