Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre is thrilled to announce a return engagement of our sold out hit performance of Twelfth Night. It will be presented at The Lantern Theatre in downtown Conway as part of the Conway ArtsFest on September 30th at 7 pm and October 1st and 2nd at 2 pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at arkshakes.com.
The production is a remount of our unique one-hour adaptation of Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy that toured to several venues across the state this past summer. Chad Bradford is again at the helm as director, with three of the stars of the summer show reprising their roles--Sharon Combs as Olivia, Jordy Neill as Sir Toby, and Garrett Houston as Sir Andrew. New to the production this fall are LaDarius Jamerson, Malcolm Tucker, Daniel DeYoung, Harrison Trigg, Xander Udochi, Emily Wold, and Geneva Galloway.
Director Chad Bradford beautifully summarizes AST's Twelfth Night as such: "Inspired by the groups of traveling performers that came up through India and the Middle East and finally into Europe, known as the Romani people…Feste (our ringleader) and his players, sing and dance through Viola's quest for love and reconciliation. Feste guides us through the journey as he switches masks and characters, narrating the story and sometimes hopping into the action, as well."
"Twelfth Night debuted this summer to rave reviews all across the state. And we were thrilled to have been given a grant from the Conway Chamber of Commerce and Toad Suck Daze to extend this production into the fall to perform in the high schools in Faulkner County. We thought a fitting end of this show's run would be a few shows for the public in conjunction with Conway's ArtsFest. The folks at The Lantern Theater were gracious enough to allow us the space to perform,” said AST Executive Director Mary Ruth Marotte.
Additionally, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s 2017 season will be announced at AST’s annual Fall Membership Party on Thursday, September 29th, 2016 at 6:30 pm at the home of Mary Ruth Marotte in Conway, 4915 College Ave. The night’s festivities will include hors d’oeuvres, drinks, an art show and sale of local artists' work in coordination with Conway ArtsFest, and a special performance by cast members of AST's touring production of Twelfth Night.