Mar 29, 2007    #045
Contact: Kristi McKee

Classic tale wraps-up season

Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” a brutally romantic tale of incurable love and mistaken identities, is this season’s final production for the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) Theatre.

Set in the magical and fictitious Mediterranean kingdom of Illyria, “Twelfth Night” follows Viola, a cross-dressing shipwreck survivor, determined to make her way in her new homeland. Under the guise of a man named Cesario, Viola begins working closely for the Duke of Illyria, Orsino, only to fall in love with her master.

The plot thickens when Viola learns her twin, Sebastian, survived the shipwreck. Sebastian is rescued by a sea captain and brought to Illyria, all the while believing his sister, Viola, perished in the wreck. As the tale unfolds, the characters struggle to overcome life’s limitations in their pursuit for true love.

“’Twelfth Night’ is a delightfully indulgent comedic romp, fueled by the madness of love and gender bending,” Theodore Swetz, director, said. “Come with us on this fevered journey through one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies and realize all over again that love is our cure, as well as our plague.”

The play will be performed at the Helen F. Spencer Theatre in the Performing Arts Center at UMKC.


Saturday, April 14 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 15 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 17 7:30 p.m.


Wednesday, April 18 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 19 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 20 10:30 a.m. High school matinee/7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 21 2:00 p.m./7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 22 2:00 p.m.

UMKC Theatre has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the top graduate theatre training programs in the country. The program trains a select group of highly talented actors, designers, stage managers and dramaturgs for careers in the performing arts. Graduates from the UMKC program are invited to the most prestigious New York competitions and auditions to exhibit their work and secure positions with national and international performing companies. The program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and is a member of the University/Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA).

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban affairs.

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This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).


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