Lincroft, NJ – Brookdale Performing Arts Center’s Summer Shakespeare Series will perform Twelfth Night on the Lincroft campus’ Great Lawn. All performances are free – no tickets required - and open to the community. Audience members are invited to bring lawn chairs and picnic suppers to enjoy before and during the production.

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Performances will be held at Brookdale on July 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 10 and 17 at 6:00 p.m.

For new theatergoers and those unfamiliar with the story line, Twelfth Night introduces the audience first to the world of the love-stricken Duke Orsino and the Countess Olivia, the object of his unrequited passions. He soon takes into his household as his attendant, the adorable Viola, the heroine dressed as a young man, who has just survived a shipwreck. In her disguise, she falls hard for the melancholy Duke and the plot thickens as he sends her as his spokesman to woo for him the lovely Olivia. The circle closes when Olivia takes one look at Viola, in her disguise and falls for “him.”

The households of Orsino and Olivia include some of the most colorful, lovable and unforgettable characters in any of Shakespeare’s plays. Malvolio, the arrogant steward with an unrelenting prim and proper attitude brings down on his head one of the funniest revenge plots ever written. The loud and rowdy crew perpetrating the fell deed includes the bellowing Sir Toby Belch, his timid, limp haired side-kick Sir Andrew Aguecheel and the wise fool, Feste. Throw into the mix Viola’s missing, presumed dead identical twin brother –

for the resulting comedy that has everything: romance, dueling, suspense, wildly funny comedy, pity and sadness and even some gender-bending.

By the play’s conclusion, the seemingly insoluble entanglements have been resolved. To borrow the fool Feste’s final words, “We have, indeed, been pleased in every way.”

John Bukovec, Associate Professor, is directing the play.

Highlighting the cast of 19 is;

  • ·Zach Chrzan – Atlantic Highlands
  • ·Anthony Coppola – Morganville
  • ·Matt Dubrow – Oceanport
  • ·Ashley M. Green – Cliffwood
  • ·Samantha M. Hennin – Old Bridge
  • ·John Kloby – Ocean
  • ·Nicole Kolakowski – Cliffwood Beach
  • ·Jen Lucero – Deal
  • ·Jill Lupinacci – Port Monmouth
  • ·Michael Meinberg – Middletown
  • ·Mary C. Myers – Howell
  • ·Luke Nanney – Leonardo
  • ·Daniel J. Rezac – Keyport
  • ·Ken Richlin – Long Branch
  • ·Sofie Schildge – Rumson
  • ·Sara Staple – Howell
  • ·Audra Mariel Taliercio – Atlantic Highlands
  • ·Hannah Tichansky – Spring Lake Heights

 

For more information, call 732-224-2411.