The Beatles and The Bard collide in Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’

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This summer the Duluth Playhouse Teen Summer Performance Intensive is producing Chicago: The Musical and William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night from August 11th to the 21st. Both shows have fascinating concepts. We’ve already shared Chicago’s criminal justice-themed concept.  Today we would like to introduce the world of Illyria; the fictional setting of Twelfth Night, Or What You Will.  This year the Bard celebrates the art and culture of the 60s, a time of transformation, revolution, mod fashion, freedom, love, and the iconic music of The Beatles.

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Diving deeper into Rough Magic and Shakespeare’s First Folio

Taken by Nicole Modeen Photography

Taken by Nicole Modeen Photography

[The following is an excerpt from an article published in the About Town: Twin Ports Arts and Entertainment section of the Zenith News and was written by Phil Fitzpatrick. Read the full article here.]

Imagine a world in which you never laughed at the bawdy drinking scene from Twelfth Night. No chill up your spine when the trio of witches chants, “Double, double toil and trouble,” as they prophesy the ambitious king’s demise in Macbeth. Julius Casear might have uttered his iconic, “Friends, Romans, countrymen: lend me your ears!” but we wouldn’t know about it today.

First Folio will arrive in October and go on display for nearly a month in the Kathryn A. Martin Library at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). Meanwhile, you can get your fix when the world premier Rough Magic: a theatrical celebration of Shakespeare’s First Folio is performed at The Underground April 7-9 at 7:30pm.

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