Twelfth Night presented by the International Shakespeare Center
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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International Shakespeare Center and Ducdame Ensemble present an innovative version of Shakespeare’s beautiful, hilarious and melancholy comedy. TWELFTH NIGHT is the first full length play to be presented at The House of Eternal Return.
Directed by Ariana Karp
With Samantha Blinn, Sean Boyd, Michael J. Connolly, Ariana Karp, Alexander Kirby, Nicholas Koy Santillo, Kelly Strandemo, and Will McKay
The International Shakespeare Center will present Ducdame Ensemble in TWELFTH NIGHT, OR WHAT YOU WILL, as part of their 2016 SUMMER REP SEASON.
DUCDAME ENSEMBLE, a New York City based theatre troupe, was founded by graduates of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Their inaugural USA production, a new adaptation of Lope de Vega’s classic, FUENTE OVEJUNA, was presented at the 2015 NY International Fringe Festival. It garnered both a “Best Bet” of the Fringe, and was named an Overall Excellence Award Winner. Theatre critic Jared R. Pike wrote “Ducdame Ensemble breathes new life into this 400-year-old tale of oppression and revolution making it vibrantly resonant in today’s global political climate… The strength of every member of the Ducdame Ensemble makes them a company to watch. I cannot wait to see what they have to offer next.”
What they offered next was Ducdame’s first collaboration with Santa Fe’s International Shakespeare Center, DAMES OF THRONES, THE WOMEN OF SHAKESPEARE’S HISTORIES. The original production, which drew from Shakespeare’s history plays, was presented in New York City and played a sold-out run at Santa Fe’s Adobe Rose Theatre in February. President of the Shakespeare Guild and Santa Fe Shakespeare Scholar, John Andrews, wrote of the production: “Ariana Karp and her superb cast weaved a beautiful tapestry of scenes involving strong female characters. And the performers handled the verse with a dexterity, sensitivity, and expressive power that is quite unusual in today’s classical performances.”
Ducdame Ensemble is now bringing both THE MERCHANT OF VENICE and TWELFTH NIGHT to Santa Fe. The company is thrilled and honored to be collaborating with the innovative artists of Meow Wolf. The House of Eternal Return is a perfect setting for Shakespeare’s beautiful, hilarious, and melancholy comedy, TWELFTH NIGHT. Narrative hides around every corner and possibility behind ever door. It is a Utopia, both a paradise and a nowhere land; the perfect place for the madness, confusion, and elation of love. Ducdame Ensemble is committed to impassioned, relevant, and spirited storytelling where the play is ALWAYS the thing. We look forward to sharing the magic and mayhem of TWELFTH NIGHT with you!”