Shakespeare's beloved Twelfth Night -- the first production staged in Memorial Auditorium -- returns to the stage in celebration of the building's 75th anniversary. Featuring performances by American Conservatory Theater's M.F.A. students under the direction of Domenique Lozano (A.C.T.; CalShakes), this timeless comedy is a delightful adventure in the timeless human folly of mistaken identity and misguided hearts.
After being shipwrecked on the shores of Illyria, aristocratic-born Viola assumes her twin brother is dead and takes on the identity of a young male page named Cesario in an attempt to gain work in an unfamiliar land. Her compromised identity puts her at the center of a complicated love triangle that is hilarious, melancholy, and always entertaining.
Twelfth Night will perform in the Pigott Theater, located in the Memorial Auditorium complex, at 7pm.
Each spring young actors in A.C.T.'s top-ranked Master of Fine Arts Program take an abridged production of a Shakespearean classic, adapted and directed by a distinguished professional director and followed by a postshow Q&A with the cast, to Bay Area schools and public spaces. This year's tour of Twelfth Night (17 performances from Hayward to Palo Alto) is fully booked; information about the 2014 tour will be released in August 29, 2013. Visit www.act-sf.org/conservatory for more information.
Following the performance of Twelfth Night, guests holding premium tickets are invited to join us for the anniversary gala in the Memorial Auditorium scene shop, lavishly dressed to the nines for this celebration! All ticket proceeds benefit the Department of Theater & Performance Studies (TAPS).