An Original Film Production
CHAGRIN ARTS IS GRATEFUL FOR THE SUPPORT OF SO MANY!
Twelfth Night Sponsors
A Very Special Thank you to…
The City of Solon
Mayor Edward Kraus
Rich Parker, Director of Recreation
Tracy Sullivan, Director of Community & Cultural Enrichment
Billy Conklin, Production Coordinator
Dusten Welch, Jill & Neil Markey, Gary Gottfried, Chris White – for the beginnings.
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
Rob Peck, Rebel Panda Productions
And all those who helped make this production possible!
"I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks."
- William Shakespeare
SHOWS TO BENEFIT THE OHIO INNOCENCE PROJECT
This event is free but any free will donations to support the outstanding work of the Ohio Innocence Project (a partner of music and art with Chagrin Arts) is appreciated!
"Welcome to the Ohio Innocence Project at Cincinnati Law, where our goal is simple: we want to free every innocent person in Ohio who has been convicted of a crime they didn't commit." - Mark Godsey, Co-Founder & Director, Ohio Innocence Project
Since its foundation in 2003, the work has led to the release of: 30 wrongfully convicted Ohioans, who collectively served over 600 years behind bars.
Support OIP in their development and advocacy for lasting criminal justice reform.
"Behind the Scenes" interview with:
Lue Morgan Douthit,
CEO / Creative Director
Play on Shakespeare
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Playwright, Play on Shakespeare
Twelfth Night Adaptation
Publisher, Chagrin Valley Times
Imagine a guitar, untouched.
As you look up the neck of the instrument you see the strings.
The strings that can make sweet beautiful music. The strings that when played remind you of your first concert, your wedding dance, a loved one's funeral.
But these strings remain pristine, unchanged, untouched.
These strings, these six parallel lines, will continue out into space forever in its stasis; never connecting, never interacting, never harmonizing.
This is where we find our characters at the start of our show, before the storm, before the loss, before the music.
A clean harmonic of the strings echoes across the ocean and the opening of our play!
Lines that have never touched turn into waves.
Waves that bring life to a still ocean; that turn saddened hearts to love; that cause thunderstorms and
mischief. Waves that reach the ears of a young man in love and who passionately exalts,
“If music be the food of love, play on!”
And so it does!
The music carries forward, out and out into the lives and the ears of the players on our virtual stage who, though interacting, will never touch.
But still it carries forward, into our hearts and minds allowing us to relive and remember everything; the sadness, of course there must be sadness, but it allows us to remember the immense love, the rebellious laughter, the exhilarating joy,
The smiles of two faces meeting despite impossible odds, connecting after being apart for so long.
It reminds us of friends and family.
It reminds us of the coming storm and prepares us to face it.
It prepares us to overcome it; to triumph.
Imagine a guitar, singing.
Can you hear it now too?
A Romantic Comedy
Translated from William Shakespeare by Alison Carey
20 Minute Intermission:
Get to know THE OHIO INNOCENCE PROJECT
Twins, Viola and Sebastian, are shipwrecked by a storm each thinking the other to have drowned beneath the waves. Now in Illyria, Viola takes on the visage of a young man calling herself Cesario to protect herself and gain employment from the local Duke, Orsino. Viola’s life becomes filled with the yearnings of the Duke towards one, Lady Olivia, and the lady’s numerous rejections. Viola falls for Orsino, he pines after Olivia, and Olivia falls for Viola’s disguise, Cesario. Things grow even more complicated for this lovestruck trio when Sebastian, Viola’s twin, finds himself in Illyria. These escapades are punctuated by the pranks and revelry of Lady Olivia’s Aunt, Dame Toby Belch. Toby, along with Sir Andrew Aguecheek (her new drinking buddy), Maria (Olivia’s maid), and Feste (the musical fool), set out to seek revenge on the prudish butler, Malvolio. These lives crash together with laughter, songs, swords, and sighs. This modern translation of Twelfth Night captures all of this and brings the story to you ready to be enjoyed anew for those familiar with the Bard’s original text and for the first time viewer alike.
Orsino, Andrew Aguecheek, Officer 2
Maria, Capitain, Antonio
Oliva, Officer 1
Toby Beltch, Priest
Feste, Servant 1
Chagrin Arts Staff
Karen Prasser, Executive Director
Gabrielle Sergi, Integrated Marketing & Design Coordinator
Emily Olesinski, Special Projects & Video Specialist
Mary Kay Gebler, Bookkeeper