Meadows Theatre presents ‘Twelfth Night’ Nov. 19-23

SMU Meadows Theatre production of 'Twelfth Night'The Meadows Theatre 2008-09 season continues with a new production of one of William Shakespeare’s most popular works. Twelfth Night, directed by Associate Professor Michael Connolly, runs Nov. 19-23 in the Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center.

Written in 1601 and named for the Christmas season’s Twelfth Night holiday (also known as Epiphany), the play uses the story of shipwrecked twins and a sudden love triangle to explore issues of misguided passion and mistaken identity.

Twelfth Night “is one of the few Shakespearean plays never to have gone out of fashion and always to appear right for the present moment,” writes Connolly in his Director’s Notes. “Perhaps [its] enduring appeal … lies in the way in which the play encourages those who perform it and the audiences who come to see it to investigate personally and profoundly the space between those who love and the breath that separates ‘lips that love’ and life from death.”

Performances begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and at 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

(Left, M.F.A. candidates Sandy Deitz as Olivia, Matt Tallman as Orsino and Abbey Siegworth as Viola/Cesario. Photograph by Linda Blase.)