No Name Collective opens their 2018/19 season with Shakespeare’s classic Twelfth Night. Directed by Allison Benko featuring a live string band playing original Scottish Folk music.
Twelfth Night is a comedy that tangles the delight of newfound love with the sorrow of perpetual loneliness. When shipwrecked heroine Viola enters Illyria, she unintentionally becomes a third point in a love triangle between the lovestruck Duke Orsino and the grief-sick Countess Olivia. Meanwhile, what begins as a harmless prank against the pompous steward Malvolio soon becomes a vehicle for tremendous malice. With original folk music, this production seeks to explore the transience of the human soul through a unique juxtaposition of comedy with cruelty. Given that romantic love is at the mercy of time, can music alleviate isolation, or can it merely underscore its effects?
“Youth’s a stuff will not endure”—Fool II.III