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Twelfth Night to be performed by Warren Players

Submitted Photo Twelfth Night by the Warren Players will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Lutheran Church, 109 W. Third Ave., Warren.

The Warren Players production of Twelfth Night will be its last event of season 91.

The organization’s Shakespeare Troupe will performance Twelfth Night at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at First Lutheran Church, 109 W. Third Ave., Warren.

“Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is a fast-paced romantic farce that plays with love and power,” Warren Players Advertising Coordinator Colette Bonavita said.

“Outrageous high comedy ensues as the pangs of unrequited love affect the unforgettable characters of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.”

“While the lovelorn Duke Orsino plots to win the heart of the mourning Olivia, an alliance of servants and hangers-on scheme against the high-handedness of Olivia’s steward, the pompous Malvolio,” Bonavita said. “When Orsino engages the cross-dressed Viola, who has disguised herself as a young man under the name Cesario, to plead with Olivia on his behalf, a bittersweet and hilarious chain of events follows.”

“Twelfth Night was originally written in 1601, performed in 1602, and published on paper in 1623,” she said. “Queen Elizabeth I commissioned William Shakespeare to write the comedy specifically to be performed on a holiday no longer recognized today, Twelfth Night. While the play does not actually take place during the holiday, the festivity of the holiday is reflected in the play’s atmosphere. The story depicts themes and issues that still resonate with today’s audiences, including gender, attraction and class.”

Director Nyssa Brumagin leads the troupe, which includes Amanda Beil, Gary Brumagin, Tristan Brumagin, Kayce Craday, Rachel O’Carroll, Connor Rosborough, Andrew Stalder, Michael Stenberg, Jim Stowe, Rachel Stowe, and Caitie Webster.

Providing support, from set design and construction to sound and costuming, are Gary and Dixie Brumagin, Rachel O’Carroll, and Steve Watson.

More information about the performance and the organization can be found at warrenplayers.com or Facebook.com/warrenplayers.

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