Theater-by-the Grove to Present Shakespearian Comedy “Twelfth Night, or What You Will”

Posted on 4/2/2018 1:50:33 PM

The Department of Theater and Dance at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present Twelfth Night, or What You Will, written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Michael Hood, the production will run April 12–14 and 18–21 at 8:00 p.m. and April 15 at 2:00 p.m. on the Waller Hall Mainstage in the IUP Performing Arts Center.

IUP 12th Night Photo by Maddie D. JonesTwelfth Night is known as one of Shakespeare’s most sparkling comedies. It has been described as “a comedy of identity, set on the borders of wonder and madness.” Viola and her brother Sebastian are shipwrecked off the coast of Illyria, and Viola, thinking her brother has been drowned, sets off to find service in the court of Count Orsino, disguising herself as a man. Orsino is hopelessly in love with a local noblewoman, Olivia, who, because of the recent deaths of her father and her brother, has entered into deep mourning and will admit no suitors.

In no time, Orsino sets Viola (in her disguise as the page Cesario) to plead his romantic case to Olivia, not realizing that Viola has fallen in love with him. To make things even more exciting, Olivia is immediately smitten with the handsome Cesario. Multiple instances of mistaken identity ensue. Twelfth Night abounds with memorable characters, including the outrageous Sir Toby Belch, his dupe Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Olivia’s straight-laced steward, Malvolio, and her lady-in-waiting, the enterprising and charming Maria.

The cast features IUP Theater and Dance faculty members along with a talented group of student and community actors. Viola is played by Adeline Riley (understudied by Veronica Poole); Devin Marshall plays Sebastian, and John Kusnir plays Orsino. Olivia is played by Shelby Fichtner and Maria by Blakely Watkins. Tyler Sheets is playing the role of Feste. Rick Kemp, Michael Schwartz, and Rob Gretta play Sir Toby Belch, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, and Malvolio, respectively. Set and sound design is by Brian Jones, costume design by senior theater major Kate Twilley, lighting design by theater alumnus Forrest Trimble, original music by IUP music professor David Martynuik, with dance choreography by  IUP Theater and Dance faculty member Joan Van Dyke, and fight choreography by Frostburg State professor and fight director Darrel Rushton.

IUP 12th Night Photo by Maddie D. JonesTickets for the performance are available for purchase online through the Lively Arts website or by calling the ticket hotline at 724-357-1313. They can also be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office in Fisher Auditorium. Any seats remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to the performance. Tickets are priced at $15 for regular admission, $12 for seniors, and $10 for active I-Card users and children.

Online tickets are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The ticket hotline and ticket office in Fisher Auditorium are open from noon to 5:00 p.m., weekdays. The ticket office is closed for university holidays. Tickets are no longer available at the Hadley Union Building. For more information on this and other events, as well as group tickets, call 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or e-mail

Theater-by-the-Grove is produced by the Department of Theater and Dance and the College of Fine Arts. It is funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association. The Lively Arts, a program of the College of Fine Arts, presents nearly 200 performances, programs, and exhibits annually.