Bollywood Twelfth Night
by Austin Shakespeare
Nov. 04 - Nov. 21, 2021
One of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, Bollywood Twelfth Night will feature dances by Prakash Mohandas and songs by Austin singer/songwriter Nagavalli. “We will be celebrating our in-person return to audiences with the most colorful costumes, scenery and lighting – plus lively music and dance,” said Artistic Director Ann Ciccolella.
Manali Sunkara will play Viola, a young woman disguised as the boy servant Cesario in the fantastical world of Illyia. Viola falls head over heels in love with her boss, Duke Orsino, played by New York guest artist Tamil Periasamy. Orsino sends Viola, on his behalf, to woo Olivia, the woman he loves – played by Michelle Jackson. Twelfth Night is also beloved for the comic subplot that revolves around the super-serious servant Malvolio who is tricked into wearing yellow stockings to also woo his boss, Olivia. Ben Wolfe will return to Austin Shakespeare as the manic Malvolio. Other company members include Ev Lunning as the ever-drinking Sir Toby Belch; Max Green as the bumbling suitor Sir Andrew Aguecheek; Chuck Winkler as the heartfelt friend Antonio; and Srini Raghavan as the comic Fabian, as well as the Sea Captain. New to the company are Natalie Crane as Maria, Meredith O’Brien as Feste the clown, and Josh Kok as Sebastian.
Costumes are designed by Aaron Kubacak; scenery is designed by Evonne Paik Griffin; lighting designed by Patrick W. Anthony.
Covid protocols at The Long Center require a negative COVID-19 test or voluntary proof of COVID-19 vaccination to attend indoor events. Masks must be worn at all times except while actively eating or drinking. For more information, visit https://thelongcenter.org/covid-updates/.
ABOUT AUSTIN SHAKESPEARE: “The Bard is only the beginning.” Audiences travel many roads with this professional company for surprising and entertaining theater productions featuring heightened language at The Long Center’s Rollins Studio Theatre in the fall and spring, as well as Free Summer Shakespeare in Zilker Park and Young Shakespeare at the Curtain Theater replica. Austin Shakespeare has produced 24 online events over the past year. Founded in 1984 and the only professional classical theater company in Central Texas, Austin Shakespeare stages performances that are fresh, bold, imaginative, thought-provoking and eminently accessible — connecting the truths of the past with the challenges and possibilities of today. Austin Shakespeare’s ongoing “Shakespeare Aloud” reading group and “Artist’s Way” sessions invite new participates weekly and the company’s education program 20/20 sends professional actors into schools to encourage love of language. #ATXTheatre
Austin Shakespeare is a proud member of the Austin Creative Alliance.
November 04 - November 21, 2021
701 Riverside at South First,
Austin, TX, 78704
Nov. 5 to 21, 2021, Thursday - Saturday, at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 3 p.m.
Rollins Theater, Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin
Starting at $24 at The Long Center