Director, Students to Revisit Shakespeare Comedy
Brace yourself for two weekends of relationship issues on the stage at Providence College.
On October 26-28 and November 2-4, the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Film will present Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in the Smith Center for the Arts’ Angell Blackfriars Theatre.
Twelfth Night, written to conclude merry Christmas celebrations, conveys themes of identity and love triangles. These antics make the play one of Shakespeare’s funniest comedies.
In 1979, the last time Twelfth Night was performed at PC, Mary G. Farrell, professor of theatre arts, was a costume designer and artist for the production. It was her first year teaching and the first show she participated in at PC. This year, Farrell is directing the play and is excited about the upcoming shows.
“I expect that you will see a knowledgeable and creative interpretation of Shakespeare characters that will be engaging and fun to watch,” said Farrell.
About 30 students are involved in the production as cast members, stage managers, costume designers, and other positions behind the scenes. Also, Vincent Sansalone of Cincinnati, Fran Romasco of Providence, Tim Cryan of New York, and Paul Perry of Chicago are guest artists who are designing scenes, costumes, lighting, and sound for the play.
There is no need to fear this hilarious comedy of Shakespeare’s, Farrell said.
“We are trying to make this play accessible for the student audience. Sometimes students think they are not going to be able to understand or enjoy Shakespeare, so we’re trying to zero in and appeal to the student audience.”
To make the play even more engaging and funny for all, Farrell incorporated contemporary events and figures into the Elizabethan play.
Twelfth Night will showcase students’ skills and hard work, said Farrell.
“As audience members, you receive a unique engagement that you don’t get in other forms of media,” she explained. “The audience affects performers; they feed off their reactions. There is a communal reaction that touches people more directly.”
Other 2012-13 productions
The engaging entertainment created by the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Film will be present throughout the academic year.
In addition to Twelfth Night, the department will present two more plays, two dance concerts, and a student film festival:
• Blackfriars Dance Concert - November 16-17
• The Illusion, by Pierre Corneille - February 1-3 and 8-10
• Curtains, a musical based on a book by Rupert Holmes - April 12-14 and 19-21
• Spring Dance Concert - April 27-28
• Student Film Festival - May 2
Twelfth Night will be performed at 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:00 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets can be purchased online at www.providence.edu/theatre or at the box office in the Smith Center for the Arts. Hours are Monday through Friday from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m, as well as an hour before shows. To purchase tickets over the phone, call 401-865-2218. Tickets are $5.00 for students, $9.00 for seniors and PC faculty and staff, and $13.00 for the general public.
— Nick Tavares ’16
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