Twelfth Night, Or What You Will

Written by William Shakespeare and Directed by Matt Pfeiffer

Viola and her twin brother Sebastian have been shipwrecked off the coast of Illyria. Each believes that the other has been drowned. Viola disguises herself as a boy and, under the name of Cesario, enters the service of the duke Orsino. The duke sends Cesario to woo the lady Olivia on his behalf, but Olivia falls in love with the lovely ‘boy’. Viola/Cesario, meanwhile, has fallen in love with Orsino. Sebastian is saved by the sea captain Antonio and he too arrives in Illyria. Malvolio, Olivia’s steward, disapproves of the other members of her household – her kinsman Sir Toby Belch, his friend Sir Andrew Aguecheek and the jester Feste. Led by the ingenuity of Maria, Olivia’s waiting-woman, these three plot Malvolio’s downfall. Olivia meets Sebastian and, mistaking him for Cesario, arranges for them to be secretly married. Further confusion follows upon mistakes as to the identity of the twins. Orsino is furious at the apparent falseness of his page, but, with the eventual meeting of the twins, true identities are revealed and Orsino recognizes his love for Viola.

Creative Team

Director – Matt Pfeiffer

Assistant Director – Bryan Schall

Stage Manager – Eleanor Safer

Assistant Stage Manager – Emily Cooper

Set Design – Michael Lambui

Assistant Set Design – Taehyung Lee

Costume Design – Stephen Lieboff

Music Composition – Alex Bechtel

Lighting Design – Evan Wilson

Technical Direction – Joseph Redfern

Cast

VIOLA – Nia Benjamin

OLIVIA – Mina Kawahara

MALVOLIO – Chris Garofalo

ORSINO – Carter Horton

MARIA – Katie Markey

SIR TOBY – Mitchell Hansen

SIR ANDREW – Adam Howard

FESTE – Julia Louis

SEBASTIAN – Anthony Ocampo

ANTONIO – Michael Anderson

VALENTINE – Dante Green

Matt Pfeiffer (Director) is a Philly born actor and director who serves as the Associate Artistic Director of Theatre Exile. Previous UArts credits include; A Free Man of Color and We’re Proud to Present….Recent directing credits; the world premieres of Down Past Passyunk (Interact) and To The Moon (1812 Productions) and Los Angels premiere of Completeness. Other credits; Arden Theatre, Two River Theatre, Walnut St. Theatre, Delaware Theatre Co, and 17 seasons with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. This December he will direct Bruce’s Graham’s new play Funnyman at the Arden.  Matt is an eleven-time Barrymore nominee, recipient of the F. Otto Haas Award and a proud member of SDC and AEA. Thanks to the entire UArts crew and an amazing group of collaborators. Love to Kim.

Alex Bechtel (Composer/Sound Designer) is a Philadelphia-based theatre artist.  As an actor, writer, composer, sound designer, music director, and director, Alex has worked with 1812 Productions, Arden Theatre Company, Walnut Street Theatre, New Paradise Laboratories, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Act II Playhouse, Applied Mechanics, Lightning Rod Special, Strange Attractor, 11th Hour Theatre Company, Theatre Horizon, Drexel University, and The Philadelphia Orchestra. BFA The University of the Arts, and a graduate of the inaugural class of The Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training.  Alex is the recipient of a 2011 Barrymore Award and a 2014 Independence Fellowship in the Arts.  He is the co-creator of THE BECH/DOH SKETCH/SHOW (a live comedy show w/Michael Doherty) and THE LIGHT PRINCESS (a new musical fairy tale w/Anthony Lawton), and the creator of THE WEST (an ensemble-devised play with music).

Bryan Schall (Asst. Director) is a junior Directing, Playwriting, and Production major. UArts: The Green Bird. New York: The Cobalteans (NYMF), Skin in the Game (FringeNYC), With a Shrug (FringeNYC). Regional: Skin in the Game (Fringe Arts), The Vagina Monologues (University of Central Florida).

Eleanor Safer (Stage Manager) is a junior Directing, Playwriting, and Production major with a stage management focus. UArts: The 39 Steps, Equinox 2015, The Circus Freak, The Unusual Tale of Prince Robert, (some) Love and (some) Information. Philadelphia: The Light Princess (Tony Lawton with Ugly Stepsisters), Normativity (Stretch the Truth Productions), The Comedy of Errors (REV Theatre Co), The Who’s Tommy (New Cavern Productions), Let the Dog See the Rabbit (Lighting Rod Theatre). Upcoming: Insta-Queer [working title] www.eleanorsafer.com

Emily Cooper (Asst. Stage Manager) is a sophomore Directing, Playwriting, and Production Major. UArts: Speakeasy Open Bar, Ends In Riot. OSA: Milk, A Raisin in the Sun, A Streetcar Named Desire, Cyrano de Bergerac, Of Mice and Men, The Comedy of Errors, The Trial, All in the Timing.

D’Arcy Webb (Voice and Speech Coach) serves on the voice and speech faculty of University of the Arts. Creator of the wacky online series, “Tuesday Morning Two-Minute Tune-ups for your Tongue,” D’Arcy specializes in speech production and accent reduction, and offers private coaching. Most recent coaching credits: Marie Christine, (Uarts); I Know the Way Home, (Uarts); Dog Sees God, (Drexel University). Recent stage work includes roles in Follies, Wit, No Such Thing, The Walls, A Little Night Music, The Widow’s Umbrella. In addition to narrating A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra with the Pittsburgh Symphony, she has recorded regional and national commercials, and corporate training videos. Recent recipient of the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. speechdiva.com.

Michael Lambui (Set Designer) is a senior in the Theater Design and Technology program with a concentration in scenic and lighting design. UArts: Pretty Theft; love, too, will ruin us; The Green Bird; Down the Road; Equinox 2015; Philadelphia: Love’s Labour’s Lost (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater) michaellambui.com

Taehyung Lee (Asst. Set Designer) is a junior in the Theatre Design & Technology program with a concentration in Scenic Design. UArts: Mad Forest, Down the Road, Green Bird, love, too, will ruin us. He has also worked as a props designer at the international opera theater in Italy.

Stephen Lieboff (Costume Designer) is a senior Theatre Design major concentrating in Costume Design. UArts: 39 Steps, GodspellDown the RoadMad ForestCarrie the Musical, and Equinox 2012. Stephen also worked at Shakespeare & Company and Weathervane Repertory Theatre and is currently assisting on Equivocation and Hans Brinker at the Arden.

Evan Wilson (Lighting Designer) is a Senior in the Design & Technology program with a concentration in Lighting Design. UArts: Full Moon, Running Numbers, Epilogue 9.9, Rashomon, Continuum. Regional: Craigslist (Simpatico) Communitas (Asst. Design, Almanac) Pay Up (Asst. Design, Pig Iron). Evan is also a Design Coordinator for Lighting Design Collaborative. www.ewilsonlighting.com

Abby Schlackman (Asst. Lighting Designer) is a freshman Theater Design and Technology major with a concentration in Lighting Design. UArts: Twelfth Night, I Know The Way Home. Madison Theater: The National Acrobats, La Traviata, A Little Bit of Everything, Long Island Comedy Festival, Long Beach Film Festival Awards. James J Lofrese Auditorium: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Amadeus, Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Philadelphia Story, Damn Yankees, The Odd Couple.

Joseph Redfearn (Asst. Technical Director) is a sophomore in the Design & Technology program with a concentration in Technical Direction. UArts: I Know the Way Home TD, Side Show ATD; Shows previous to UArts: The Producers as Master Carpenter/Crew, All My Sons as TD/Wing Manager, Beyond Therapy as TD/Deck Chief, Songs For A New World as TD/Spot Op, Assistant Set Designer/Technical Direction consultant Once Upon a Mattress, and Assistant Set Designer Cabaret at the College of Central Florida’s Theater.

Nia Benjamin (Viola) is a senior Acting Major. UArts: The Skin of Our Teeth, Caesar Alvarez’s The Elementary Spacetime Show, Places of Pilgrimage, Trojan Women, Blackface: A Minstrelsy Myth. Philadelphia: She Is A ProblemPay Up (Pig Iron Theatre Company). Nia is a member of the She Is A Problem Collective. www.sheisaproblem.com

Mina Kawahare (Olivia) is a Senior in the Musical Theater program. UArts: Arabian Nights, Godspell, The Elementary Spacetime Show, Mad Forest, Pretty Theft. Regional: Orangutan/Madeleine Mays Understudy for Water by the Spoonful at the Arden Theatre.

Chris Garolfalo (Malvolio/Sea Captain) is a Senior Acting major. UArts: The Skin of Our Teeth, We Are Proud to Present, Into the Clear Blue Sky, O Beautiful, and Under Construction. Chris has worked with Philadelphia Young Playwrights as well as EPIC Theatre Ensemble in NYC where he completed a Teaching Artist Internship this past summer.

Carter Horton (Orsino) is a junior acting major at Uarts. Previous credits: Love, too, will ruin usMad ForestEquinox, and The Winter’s Tale. Regional: The Tempest (Virginia Stage Company); Twelfth Night (Workshop Theatre Group). Film: Raising Ethan.

Katie Markey (Maria) is a senior musical theater major. Uarts: Field Hockey Hot (Workshop with 11th Hour), Pied! (Polyphone New Musical Festival), Cole Porter Cabaret (Blurring Edges Cabaret), Home for the Holidays, Pretty Hurts: Beyoncé Jukebox Musical (BLEND! Theatrics)

Mitchell Hansen (Sir Toby Belch) is a Junior Musical Theatre Major. UArts: The Threepenny Opera, Sideshow, and Kiss Me, Kate! Regional: Macbeth (George Washington Foundation).

Adam Howard (Sir Andrew Aguecheek) is a junior Acting major at The University of the Arts. UArts: Skin of our TeethSurviving The Dream, Equinox. Philadelphia: Psycho Beach Party (TouchMePhilly).

Julia Louis (Feste) is a sophomore Musical Theater major. UArts: The Elementary Spacetime Show. New York: The Elementary Spacetime Show (Ars Nova). Regional: Sunday in the Park with George (NJ Arts Collective).

Anthony Ocampo (Sebastian) is a sophomore Acting Major. Speakeasy: Acedia, She Keeps Me Warm. Regional: Sound of Music, Once on this Island. This is also Anthony’s first UArts show and he is extremely honored to be apart of it.

Michael Anderson (Antonio/Curio) is a senior Acting Major with a minor in Musical Theater. UArts: Sorrows to the Stones, Race, Winter’s Tale, Side Show, Skin of our Teeth, Anna in the Tropics. New York: Hindered Hope, Joseph/Dreamcoat, Once upon a Mattress.  Michael is also a founder at the film company “Purple Cloud”:  Purplecloudny.com.

Dante Green (Valentine/Servant/Officer) is a freshman Musical Theater major. Bloomsburg: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Grease, Guys and Dolls. This is Dante’s UArts debut. Dante will also appear in the 2016 Equinox Festival.

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