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“Present Mirth Hath Present Laughter.”

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Matt Pfeiffer

JUNE 21 - JULY 15 | SCHUBERT THEATRE

Wit, music, romance and revelry are the food of love at this comedic feast of lovers and fools. Viola and her twin brother are shipwrecked in the magical land of Illyria, each believing the other drowned. Disguised as a young man, and entering the service of the lovesick Duke Orsino, Viola woos the wistful lady Olivia for her new master and finds herself in a most unusual and hilarious love triangle. Merry deceptions and mistaken identities abound in this lilting comedy until true love finds its way. Ages 7+

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Sponsored in memory of Fr. Gerard J. Schubert, OSFS, by a grateful DeSales University Community.

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Extras

  • Prologues: Join us for insights into the play in an informal setting. Free. Held in the theatre 45 minutes prior to curtain.
  • Opening Night, Saturday, June 23: Join the PSF actors and staff for a friendly post-show champagne toast.
  • Meet the actors for an informal talk-back after the show: Thursday, June 28, July 5, and July 12.
  • Savoring Shakespeare - specialty dinner themed to the play with behind-the-scenes insights: Sunday, June 24, 5:00pm.

Reviews

The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Mixes riotous laughter with a sense of the tragic.”

“Young Victoria Janicki is affecting as Viola/Cesario.”

“Hissom has perfect comic timing.”

“Full of hilarity.”

“Wood’s portrayal is so endearingly funny.”

Broad Street Review

“Matt Pfeiffer proves again why he's the region's most reliable director of William Shakespeare.”

“Deep and delightful….”

“Keen insight into the play's complex characters and deft staging.”

“Victoria Janicki's youthful energy makes her an ideal Viola.”

“Incisive and timely….a very special production.”

“Pfeiffer and company bravely coax the play's seemingly contradictory shadings to coalesce into an experience greater than its disparate parts. “

“Pfeiffer and PSF’s approach probes its melancholy characters' specific, sincere predicaments for their humanity. But it also highlights their humor and appreciates "the wind and the rain" in the play's beautifully rendered song. This combination is rare and wonderful.”

The Reading Eagle

"Innovation awakens Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's perceptive production of 'Twelfth Night’."

“Directed with originality and keen wit by Matt Pfeiffer.”

“Inventively staged...”

“Gifted with an unexpected intimacy.”

“Feste (Eric Hissom, quite wonderful)…is the evening's master of ceremonies.”

“Hilarious…joyous…brilliant.”

“Simple but effective set design.”

“Gorgeous and astute costumes.”

“Theatrical excitement...”

The Morning Call

“Playful, smart and wonderfully satisfying.”

“Victoria Janicki is wonderful as Viola.”

“Kudos to costume designer Olivera Gajic for these wild fashions.”

“Greg Wood is excellent as the stuffy Malvolio.”

The Lehigh Valley Press

“A kind of thespian trampoline.”

“An actors’ lab of humorous asides, slow-burns and quick wit.”

“Tossed between the two worlds of the silly and sublime.”

“Victoria Janicki, playing a duality so beautifully.”

Press

Casting announced for Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival announces the cast for Shakespeare’s lilting love comedy Twelfth Night. Festival veterans return and an actress new to PSF debuts in the Festival’s Schubert Theatre production on June 22 to July 15 at the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of DeSales University.

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A comedic feast of lovers and fools in Twelfth Night at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Wit, music, and romance are the food of love in Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s production of Twelfth Night, opening Saturday June 23 in the intimate Schubert Theatre at the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of DeSales University.

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Features

Shipwrecked in Illyria, Shakespeare's Twelfth Night Maps the Coastlines of Love and Laughter

The map of Shakespeare’s world was changing. Using the Mercator projection, the Wright-Molyneux Map of 1599 used mathematical calculations to draw the known world. Instead of filling in the rest with fanciful, mythical monsters, the unknown parts were left blank; some coastlines were unfinished. It was also the first time that the colony of Virginia in the New World was on the map. Perhaps in that blank space on the map, a creative imagination was stimulated. Was the unexplored world different, or were the people like England?

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ALEX BECHTEL*

ALEX BECHTEL*

Music Director, Composer, Sound Designer, Sir Andrew Aguecheek

is a Philadelphia-based actor, composer, sound designer, writer, director, teaching artist, and multi-instrumentalist. Barrymore Awards for Outstanding Original Music and Outstanding Leading Actor in a Musical for Arden Theatre Company’s production of The Light Princess, and Outstanding Music Direction for his work on Walnut Street Theatre’s production of My Way. Bechtel is the creator/composer of The West, Philadelphia Nocturne, and Cheer Up, Dostoevsky.

AKEEM DAVIS*

AKEEM DAVIS*

Duke Orsino

is from Miami, Fl, and is a proud alum of Norland Middle School. Akeem is returning to PSF after Henry V (2015) and Love’s Labour’s Lost (2016). Regional: A Doll’s House (Arden Theatre), The Arsonists (Woolly Mammoth Theatre), District Merchants (Folger Theatre,Helen Hayes Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play), All My Sons (People’s Light), Lobby Hero, In The Blood (Theatre Horizon), The Dangerous House of Pretty M’bane, Marcus/Emma (InterAct Theatre), Buzzer (Theatre Exile), Henry VRomeo and Juliet (Philadelphia Shakespeare Company)The Brothers Size (Simpatico Theatre Project). A five time Barrymore Award nominated actor and recipient of the 2015 F. Otto Haas Award for Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist, Akeem is a proud man of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.  

SCOTT GREER

SCOTT GREER*

Sir Toby Belch

is thrilled to be back at PSF, having last appeared as Launce in The Two Gentlemen of Verona and in Midsummer in 2009. He is a 25 year veteran of Philadelphia theatre, and has worked for 1812, Arden, Walnut, InterAct, PTC, Wilma, People’s Light, Theatre Exile, Lantern Theatre and many more. Regionally, he has worked for Actors Theatre of Louisville, Round House, Cape May Stage, and the Pearl Theatre in New York. He has won five Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre including the prestigious F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Theatre Artist. He was named 2014’s “Best Theatre Talent” by Philadelphia Magazine.

ELEANOR HANDLEY

ELEANOR HANDLEY*

Olivia

is back for her 5th summer at PSF. PSF credits: The Taming of the Shrew (Katherina), Blithe Spirit (Elvira), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Maggie), Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice), Lend Me a Tenor (Diana), Macbeth (Witch), Comedy of Errors (Adriana) and The Two Noble Kinsman (Emilia); NYC: Jericho (NYT Critic’s Pick), Limonade tous les Jours (opposite Austin Pendleton), A Christmas Carol (with Dominic Chianese); Regional highlights: Troilus & Cressida (Cressida), King Lear (Regan), Lost in Yonkers (Bella, Barrymore Nomination), Betrayal (Emma), Witness for the Prosecution (Barrymore Nomination), Time Stands Still; TV: Royal Pains, As the World Turns, and Unforgettable.

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ERIC HISSOM*

Feste

has appeared at PSF in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, A Man for All Seasons, The Tempest, Around the World in Eighty Days, Pericles, The Taming of the Shrew, King John, and Troilus and Cressida. Recent regional credits: The Winter’s Tale at the Folger, Born Yesterday and The Great Society at Asolo Rep, Equivocation at the Arden, Everything is Illuminated at Theater J and The Effect at Studio Theater both in Washington D.C., and the National Tour of The 39 Steps. He has an MFA from Florida State University’s Asolo Conservatory.

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VICTORIA JANICKI*

Viola

This is Victoria’s debut at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Theater: Back To The Real (Katrina- Crossroads Theatre Company); Fun Home (Joan- National Broadway Tour); The Royal Family (Gwen Cavendish- The Guthrie Theater); Otherland (Alice Holmes- Gingold Theatrical Group); Comedy of Errors (Luciana- Allentown Shakespeare Festival); Julius Caesar (Cassius- Rutgers Theater Company); Julius Caesar (Brutus- Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre). TV: The Blacklist (Isabella Zuma- NBC); Elementary (Phoebe Elliott- CBS). Film: Palimpest (Auditory Productions); Then She Comes In & Bars (NYU Productions). Education: BFA Mason Gross School of the Arts and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

SUZANNE O’DONNELL

SUZANNE O’DONNELL*

Maria

Recent PSF credits: Mistress Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Maria in Lend Me a Tenor, and Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest; Orlando Shakespeare Theater: Hermione in The Winter’s Tale, Emilia in Othello, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, and Kate in The Taming of the Shrew; Boston Marriage (1812 Productions); Comedy of Errors, Arcadia (Folger Theatre); Romeo and Juliet, Dancing at Lughnasa (Arden Theatre). Suzanne is a proud graduate of DeSales University.

GREG WOOD

GREG WOOD*

Malvolio

It’s good to be back!  This past Fall, he was at Actors Theatre Louisville to play Van Helsing in their production of Dracula. In December he was at McCarter Theatre in Princeton for his second season as Scrooge in  A Christmas Carol. He just finished back to back productions at the Walnut St. Theatre in Philly:  Eric in The Humans, followed by Lloyd in Noises Off. It really is wonderful to be back in Center Valley. I hope you enjoy all the shows this season. Thank you for coming!

GUILLERMO ALONSO

GUILLERMO ALONSO

Antonio, Seacaptain

is thrilled to be making his PSF debut! Favorite credits: Pericles in Pericles, Prince of Tyre, Sebastian in The Tempest, Don Armado in Love’s Labour’s Lost, (Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival); the Constable of France in Henry V (Delaware Shakespeare); Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls (Temple Theaters). Guillermo is a proud graduate of Temple University’s MFA program. He would like to thank his partner, family, and friends for their unconditional support!

ANELISE DIAZ

ANELISE DIAZ

Olivia’s Lady in Waiting, Musician, u/s Olivia

is thrilled to be returning to PSF this summer! Her previous credits at the festival include: The Little Mermaid and The Taming of the Shrew. She will be finishing her degree here at DeSales University this fall and is excited to pursue a career in acting/ teaching. Anelise would like to thank her family and Hector for their love and support and God for His endless blessings.

DANTE GREEN

DANTE GREEN

Musician, Associate Music Director

is a rising senior at University of the Arts. He studies directing and playwriting, with a focus in musical theater. Select credits include: u/s Hortensio in PSF’s 2016 Taming of the ShrewThe Caregivers (Composer/Performer, Pig Iron Theatre Company), and Ancient Future (Music Director/Performer, 2018 Polyphone New & Emerging Musical Festival). Dante would like to thank his family for their continuous love and support, and Matt Pfeiffer and Alex Bechtel for this exciting opportunity.

STEPHANIE HODGE

STEPHANIE HODGE

Ensemble, Musician, Assistant to Director, u/s Viola

joins PSF for her 4th season, fresh from earning her theatre and philosophy degrees from DeSales University. PSF: The Three Musketeers, The Ice Princess, Rapunzel. Her directorial debut Beauty and the Beast ran this past spring in the Schubert Theatre. Thanks, and thanks, and ever thanks to PSF for teaching her what it means to be an artist. www.stephanie-hodge.com

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AMY ROSE JOHNSON

Fabian, Musician, u/s Maria

is a recent graduate of Desales University, and is thrilled to be returning to PSF this summer. Some of her favorite credits include Into the Woods (The Witch), Godspell (“Bless the Lord”), and Heathers (Veronica). Amy would like to thank her family for their unfailing love, and Yukon for supporting her dreams.

ETHAN LARSEN

ETHAN LARSEN

Curio, Officer, u/s Malvolio

is a recent grad of DeSales University whose previous Act 1 credits include the Steward (Into the Woods), William Smith (Murder on the Nile), and Judge Hathorne (The Crucible). He would like to thank his friends and family for the constant support.

JAHZEER TERRELL

JAHZEER TERRELL

Sebastian

is a Philadelphia based actor, teaching artist, voiceover artist, and musician. He has been a part of numerous productions in and around the Philadelphia area, and is thrilled to be back with PSF for one more!

JHALIL YOUNGER

JHALIL YOUNGER

Valentine, Officer 2, u/s Sebastian

is a junior acting and directing major staring down a summer of firsts. He couldn’t be more excited to work with PSF for the first time, taking on his first Shakespeare show while making his professional theatre debut.

Artistic Team

Partrick Mulcahy

PATRICK MULCAHY

Producing Artistic Director

Since assuming leadership in 2003, Mulcahy has led PSF’s surge in artistic excellence, financial stability, and national recognition. Accomplishments include first-ever grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, attracting a multitude of award-winning artists including winners and nominees of the Tony, Obie, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Barrymore, and Emmy awards, a 75% increase in annual attendance, a successful campaign to double the Festival’s endowment, and the expansion of the number of Actors’ Equity contracts per season. He led the strategic planning process that led to PSF’s Vision 2030, a commitment to world-class professional theatre, and coverage in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Washington Post. As a professional director, actor, and fight director, credits include Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, television and radio. Mr. Mulcahy has acted with many industry luminaries including Don Cheadle, Angela Bassett, Cynthia Nixon, and Tony Shaloub at the New York Shakespeare Festival, The Roundabout Theatre, Hartford Stage, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, and the Walnut Street Theatre.  He served as fight director for A Few Good Men on Broadway, and multiple Off-Broadway productions starring Marcia Gay Harden, John Mahoney, Patrick Dempsey, and John Savage.  He directed Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga in The Real Thing, and, for PSF, directed The Winter’s Tale, Henry IV, Part 1, The Tempest, Antony and Cleopatra, Hamlet, Macbeth and Julius Caesar. Also Head of Acting at DeSales, Patrick holds degrees in acting and directing from Syracuse University.

Dennis Razze

DENNIS RAZZE

Associate Artistic Director

Last summer Mr. Razze directed PSF’s sold-out production of Evita starring Broadway luminaries Dee Roscioli, Paulo Szot, and Dan Domenech, along with West Side Story in 2016 and the Festival’s memorable Les Misérables in 2015. In 2017 he received the prestigious Allentown Arts Ovation Award for Performing Arts. Mr. Razze would like to thank Patrick Mulcahy for his support and allowing him to direct this amazing musical, Ragtime!

CASEY GALLAGHER

CASEY GALLAGHER

Managing Director

has worked at PSF for 20 seasons. Over the years he was the assistant house manager, box office manager, company manager, assistant producer, and director of development. Since 2004, in his role as general manager and later managing director, he has served as the administrative leader of the Festival working very closely with the box office, business, development, marketing and production departments. During this time, PSF subscriptions have more than doubled, income from the annual Luminosity Gala fundraiser has more than quadrupled, and the summer seasonal staff has grown to over 200. Casey has also been treasurer for the Shakespeare Theatre Association, director of audience services for The People’s Light & Theatre Company, a board member for Civic Theatre of Allentown, a peer panelist for the New Jersey Council on the Arts and a judge for the Greater Philadelphia Barrymore Awards for excellence in theatre. Casey is a member of the PSF Board of Directors and also serves on the board of Arts Academy Elementary Charter School.  Casey dedicates this season to Mark LaMura (1948-2017) who played multiple lead roles at PSF in its earlier seasons. “Ill met by moonlight, proud Titania.” Mark was a great actor and a loyal friend to both the Festival and all the people he worked with. “Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”   

MATT PFEIFFER

MATT PFEIFFER

Director

is a Philly born actor and director who is thrilled to be at PSF for his 20th Season! Previous Festival credits include: As You Like It, Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona; Recent credits include: A Midsummer Nights Dream (Arden Theatre), Camelot (Act 2 Playhouse)Buzzer (Theatre Exile) Heisenberg (Delaware Theatre Co) and Blackbird (Fulton Theatre); Other Credits: Philadelphia Theatre Co., InterAct Theatre, Walnut St. Theatre, 1812 Productions, Lantern Theatre, Gulfshore Playhouse, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, UArts, UPenn’s Mask and Wig, and Villanova University. Matt is a twelve-time Barrymore nominee and winner, for his direction of The Whale and The Invisible Hand  both with Theatre Exile. He’s also a recipient of the F. Otto Haas Award. Matt is a proud grad of DeSales University. Love to Kim and John 

STEVE TENEYCK

STEVE TENEYCK

Scenic and Lighting Designer

is pleased to return for his 13th season at PSF. Design work: Dallas Theatre Center, Gulfshore Playhouse, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Syracuse Stage, TACT NYC, Big Art Group, Tri-Cities Opera, Madison Opera, Syracuse Opera, Anchorage Opera, Minnesota Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Mill City Summer Opera, The Kitchen Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and The Hangar Theatre. Steve is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and teaches design at Ithaca College in New York.

OLIVERA GAJIC

OLIVERA GAJIC

Costume Designer

was featured in the US National Exhibit at the 2004 & 2007 Prague Quadrennial; Curtain Call: Celebrating a Century of Women Designing for Live Performance (Lincoln Center). She is the recipient of a NEA-TCG Design Award, IT Award, TDF/Irene Sharaff Young Master Award, Barrymore Award and Bessie Award for Outstanding Visual Design. Olivera has 150+ theater, opera, dance and film productions to her credit. She extensively designs at the esteemed Juilliard School, Trinity Rep, and Arden. At PSF she designed The Little Mermaid and The Taming of the Shrew. USA local 829 www.oliveragajic.com

ALEX BECHTEL*

ALEX BECHTEL*

Music Director, Composer, Sound Designer, Sir Andrew Aguecheek

is a Philadelphia-based actor, composer, sound designer, writer, director, teaching artist, and multi-instrumentalist. Barrymore Awards for Outstanding Original Music and Outstanding Leading Actor in a Musical for Arden Theatre Company’s production of The Light Princess, and Outstanding Music Direction for his work on Walnut Street Theatre’s production of My Way. Bechtel is the creator/composer of The West, Philadelphia Nocturne, and Cheer Up, Dostoevsky.

J. ALEX CORDARO

J. ALEX CORDARO

Fight Director

Other PSF credits: Caesar, Henry V, Fiddler, As You Like It, Othello, and Shrew; Regional credits include: McCarter, Wilma, The Actors Theatre, Arden Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, PSF, Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, The Lantern, Theatre Exile, Inis Nua, Philadelphia Artists Collective, Quintessence Theatre Group, Philadelphia Opera Company, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. Alex is a Certified Teacher and Theatrical Firearms Safety Instructor with the Society of American Fight Directors.

MAGGIE DAVIS

MAGGIE DAVIS*

Production Stage Manager

is happy to return to PSF for her 3rd season! Her stage and production management credits include Julius Caesar; The Wild Duck (Quintessence Theatre Group); Yours, Anne, among many others (Half Moon Theatre); seven seasons with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival; Christmas Rappings (Judson Memorial Church); Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Florida/Texas Tour); Mike Birbiglia’s My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, Tribes, and Hit the Wall (Barrow Street Theatre); Emotional Creature (Signature Center); Becoming Dr. Ruth (Westside Theatre); Measure for Measure (Fiasco/New Victory Theater). Peace.

ESTI BERNSTEIN

ESTI BERNSTEIN*

Assistant Stage Manager

is a NYC-based Stage Manager and Production Manager. Recent Off-Broadway credits: The Beast in the Jungle (Vineyard Theatre), Party Face (MTC Stage II), The Stone Witch (Westside Theater), and Later Life (Keen Company). She is also Resident Stage Manager for Broken Box Mime Theater and was on staff at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival summers 2011—2015. Love and thanks to her family, friends, ACL, GVB, and BBB.

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LAURA STANCZYK, CSA

New York Casting

Broadway, Off-Broadway & Tours: Side Show, After Midnight, A Night With Janis Joplin, Follies, Lombardi, Ragtime, Damn Yankees, Dirty Dancing, The Glorious Ones, Cripple of Inishmaan, Tryst, Urinetown. Other theatre includes: the premieres of Cotton Club Parade, Harps and Angels, Gruesome Playground Injuries, and Golden Age as well as productions of Master Class, Broadway Three Generations, Don’t Dress For Dinner, and Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Theatres: The Shakespeare Theatre of Washington DC, Wilma, Alley, McCarter Theatre Center (Artistic Staff Member), Drury Lane, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Signature Theatre, Kennedy Center, ACT, and Westport Country Playhouse among others.

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Stage Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

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