Rutina Wesley to Star in The Old Globe’s TWELFTH NIGHT

Rutina WesletyThe Old Globe has announced the cast and creative team for its upcoming production of Twelfth Night, which stars Rutina Wesley as Viola, directed by Rebecca Taichman. Previews begin on June 21 and the show runs through July 26, 2015, with opening night on Saturday, June 27 at 8:00 pm.

Everything we love about Shakespeare–romance, music, poetry, laughter, swordplay, great characters, and even a girl in pants–is in Twelfth Night. Shipwrecked and alone in foreign Illyria, young Viola masquerades as a boy and becomes the go-between for the lovesick Duke Orsino and the beautiful Countess Olivia. Soon Viola finds herself in the middle of a topsy-turvy love triangle with lunacy on every side.

True Blood’s Rutina Wesley stars as Viola, with Sara Topham as Olivia and LeRoy McClain as Sebastian, Amy Aquino as Maria, Terence Archie as Orsino, Manoel Felciano as Feste, Robert Joy as Malvolio, Patrick Kerr as Andrew Aguecheek, and Tom McGowan as Sir Toby Belch. Joining them are Old Globe/USD Graduate Theatre Program actors Amy Blackman, Lindsay Brill, Charlotte Bydwell, Lowell Byers, Ally Carey, Jamal Douglas, Tyler Kent, Makha Mthembu, Daniel Petzold, Megan M. Storti, Nathan Whitmer, and Patrick Zeller. 

The creative team also includes Chase Brock (choreographer), Riccardo Hernandez (scenic design), David Israel Reynoso (costume design), Christopher Akerlind (lighting design), Acme Sound Partners (sound design), Todd Almond (original music), Ursula Meyer (vocal coach), Jim Carnahan, CSA (casting), and Samantha Greene (production stage manager).

Additional FREE events include: An Insights Seminar featuring a panel selected from the show on Tuesday, June 23 at 6:30 pm

Post-Show Forums with the cast and crew following the performance on Tuesday, June 30, Wednesday, July 1, and Tuesday, July 7

Shakespeare in the Garden: Twelfth Night on Wednesday, July 8, Saturday, July 11, Tuesday, July 14, Thursday, July 16, and Thursday, July 23 at 7:00 pm. These short lectures are presented by members of the artistic team and reveal fascinating insights about the play and the production presented in the Craig Noel Garden.

TWELFTH NIGHT
June 21 – July 26, 2015
The Old Globe
Balboa Park
1363 Old Globe Way
San Diego, CA
Tickets: (619) 23-GLOBE or www.TheOldGlobe.org

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