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Hartwick Theatre to Perform Classic Shakespeare


Taylor Morin

Rehearsals have started for Hartwick Theatre Department’s spring production of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. The show is being directed by Professor Marc Shaw, along with assistant director Chelsea Jacobson’18.

Twelfth Night is a comedy that follows a woman who disguises as a man after her brother’s death, and the affects her arrival has on several people in Illyria. With Shaw and Jacobson’s production of the show they bring the wit and jest of this timeless show to the 1980’s, in which Illyria is a nightclub.

“There’s intrigue, there’s gonna be some torture at the end. It has a dark side, this play,”

Marc Shaw revealed. “There’s also what happens when rivalry goes too far. This play asks this question. What happens when someone spills their guts to someone…” He continues on to say “this is a comedy, it’s gonna be funny, it’s gonna be fast paced and intimate” especially when the plan is to have audience seating all around and the actors could potentially interact with the audience.

Four years have passed since the Theatre Arts department last produce a Shakespeare play, that being The Tempest directed by Malissa Kano-White, not including the American Shakespeare Center’s productions that have visited.

“I hope the students enjoy the show, I hope they learn from it, and they love Shakespeare as much as I do.” Shaw said when asked what he wants Twelfth Night to accomplish. “I hope that we can communicate all the details of the play to the audience, I hope that they will laugh.”

Twelfth Night is the spring mainstage for the Theatre Arts department. The shows will be April 12th through April 15th at 8pm in Slade Theatre in Yager.  Anyone who wishes to make a reservation should call 607-431-4227 or email theatre@hartwick.edu. Admission is free.