• Abigail Hall

OU University Theatre to perform first Shakespeare production of season

Originally published at OU Daily April 16, 2019

OU University Theatre will present the first Shakespeare production of the season "Twelfth Night" from April 26 to May 4.

"Twelfth Night," or "What You Will," is directed by Alissa Mortimer, associate professor of drama performance; with original music by Richard L. Sprecker, assistant professor of lighting and sound design, and Micah Weese, acting senior; and choreography by Hannah McNew, musical theater senior. 

The production is a comedy originally written by renowned English poet, playwright and actor William Shakespeare in 1600-02

"Twelfth Night" is considered by critics as "one of Shakespeare's perfectly crafted plays," according to the release. The plot follows a series of love triangles and secret identities, seen in film adaptations such as She's The Man (2006) and Motocrossed (2001). 

Alexis Pudvan, acting junior, will take the stage as the show's lead female role, Viola. Pudvan said "Twelfth Night" is "one of Shakespeare's most clever comedies."

"It's got cross-dressing and it's got elements of disguise ... stage combat, physical comedy, verbal wit and real moments of romance and unrequited love and melancholy," Pudvan said. "So, it's such a full evening and getting to do a little bit of everything with people who are delivering some of the best performances I've seen in my three years at OU."

The show will open to the community at 8 p.m. April 26 in A. Max Weitzenhoffer Theatre, according to a press release. 

Following performances will be at 8 p.m. April 27, May 2 and 3, and at 3 p.m. April 27, 28 and May 4 at A. Max Weitzenhoffer Theatre, 563 Elm Ave.

Pre-purchased tickets cost $25 for adults, $20 for senior adults, OU employees and members of the military, and $10 for students with ID, plus a processing fee.

Tickets at the door are $35 for adults and $15 for students with an ID

Tickets can be purchased online or contacting the OU Fine Arts Box Office, 500 W. Boyd St., at 405-325-4101.

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