Shakespeare company to present ‘Twelfth Night’
MOUNT PLEASANT — The American Shakespeare Center will present the comedy “Twelfth Night” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Iowa Wesleyan College Chapel Auditorium.
This is a free performance open to the public.
“This is ‘fun Shakespeare’ — light, witty and fast-paced; a play full of fools, knaves, clowns, scoundrels, cross-dressing tricksters, nerds in love, and a crusty drunken uncle named — we kid you not — Sir Toby Belch,” said Jeff Martinek, professor of English at Iowa Wesleyan. “If you have never seen Shakespeare performed live or have doubts about it being your cup of tea, we urge you to give this one a try.”
Doors open at 7 p.m., and there will be live acoustic music and a pre-show speech by the cast in the half-hour prior to the performance.
The show runs just over two hours. The actors perform live acoustic music during the intermission.
As they do on their home stage, ASC On Tour actors surround themselves with audience members on three sides and perform with house lights on at all times. Thus, actors can see the audience, the audience can see the actors, and the audience can see each other. This inclusive arrangement allows the ASC On Tour to recreate the festive sense of community in which patrons of Shakespeare’s Blackfriars reveled during the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras.
The ASC On Tour performs each year at more than 50 performing arts centers, colleges, and universities throughout the U.S. They have been touring since 1988.
The performance is funded by the Haselmayer Endowment for the Arts at Iowa Wesleyan College.