Theater deep dives into ‘Twelfth Night’

Gabriela X. Zuniga, Copy Editor

Theatre Brookhaven comes back this spring season with the theater’s first production of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy “Twelfth Night, or What You Will.”

Professor Darise Error, Theatre Brookhaven department chair, said the play is full of “gender-swapping, misdirected love, grifters and marks, sassy servants guiding helpless, hapless royals and happily ever afters.”

Error said the theater will build a swimming pool performers will use on stage. Theatre Brookhaven has not done this for a production since 2007 and never before for a Shakespeare play.

The set will be a recreation of Shakespeare’s Globe Theater. The play will start with a shipwreck, making use of the built-in swimming pool on stage. The pool will be littered with actors playing seemingly dead people.

Tickets are free, but seating is limited to only 60 audience members per performance. The play is set to take place April 19 – 29 at the Black Box Theater in Room C205 at Brookhaven Campus.

Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday for two consecutive weeks, a custom brought back from past semesters.

“It’s gonna be fun,” Error said.

Auditions for the play took place Feb. 13 – 14.

They were open to anyone interested, including former students, current students and community members. The only requirement was to sign up for a one-hour class. Rehearsals started Feb. 20.

Theatre Brookhaven has no plans for the summer season.