2022/23 Mainstage Season
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Charles McMahon
May 18 - June 18, 2023
As Shakespeare's most fascinating comic heroine, Viola turns personal tragedy and loss into a life-changing experience for herself and those she comes to love. Yes, there will be a storm, twins, mistaken identities, and – above all – music, the food of love. Join us for an enchanting and poetic journey of discovery.
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TWELFTH NIGHT on THE LANTERN SEARCHLIGHT BLOG
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UPDATED! Artist Interview: Composer Christopher Colucci and Performer Charlie DelMarcelle
The Twelfth Night musicians on creating and performing the music at the bittersweet heart of the play, including a live recording of Colucci performing original music from the production
Charles McMahon: On Twelfth Night
Lantern Artistic Director and Twelfth Night director on grief, love, and healing in Shakespeare's comedy
Artist Interview: Actor Joanna Liao
Hear from the performer taking on the central role of Viola in the Lantern's production of Twelfth Night
QUIZ: Shakespeare's Songs
How well do you know Shakespeare's songs? Test your musical memory by filling in the blanks!
Shipwrecks and Strangers
In Twelfth Night, Shakespeare returns to some of his favorite plot devices: storms, shipwrecks, and new worlds
"Shall we set about some revels?": Twelfth Night's Origins
What Shakespeare's title tells us about his comedy's origins and sensibilities
"Conceal me what I am": Shakespeare's Disguised Heroines
Twelfth Night's Viola is one of many Shakespearean heroines who become more themselves when in disguise
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Damon Bonetti as Orsino • Charlie DelMarcelle as Feste • Tyler S. Elliott as Sebastian • J Hernandez as Sir Andrew • David Ingram as Malvolio • Joanna Liao as Viola • Brian McCann as Antonio • Lee Minora as Maria • Melissa Rakiro as Olivia • Brian Anthony Wilson as Sir Toby Belch
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Charles McMahon, Director • James F. Pyne, Jr., Scenic Designer • Marla Jurglanis, Costume Designer • Tydell Williams, Lighting Designer • Christopher Colucci, Sound Designer & Original Music • J. Alex Cordaro, Fight Director • Rebecca Smith, Stage Manager
TWELFTH NIGHT ONLINE and IN THE NEWS
NEW! In July 2023, actors Charlie DelMarcelle and Damon Bonetti joined composer and sound designer Christopher Colucci on the Lantern stage to film live music from Twelfth Night. Relive the music here»
"Lantern Theater Company offers a delightfully comic and effortlessly romantic new production of Twelfth Night to close its season." –Broad Street Review
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "A faithful adaptation in the best sense of the word, bringing Shakespeare's text to life with wit and energy." –PlayShakespeare.com
"Funny, moving and full of charm... The whole show is drunk on love" –Phindie (review #1)
"The Lantern is singularly successful in directing and performing Shakespeare comedies. Rather than treat the Bard’s work with awed, embalmed reverence like the stuffed artifact of a bygone age, Lantern brings it alive to delight modern audiences, just as William Shakespeare once entertained the well-off and the groundlings at the Globe." –Phindie (review #2)
"A giddy, marvelous masterpiece by Shakespeare you must not miss." –Philly Gay Calendar
"Temple grad Melissa Rakiro takes on role of Olivia in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night" –The Philadelphia Tribune
Header Photo: Lawrence Stallings in the world premiere of Me and the Devil (2021); Anthony Lawton and Dave Johnson in Travesties (2022); Melissa Rakiro and Joanna Liao in Twelfth Night (2023); and Paul L. Nolan, Sally Mercer, and Charles McMahon in Copenhagen (2018). Photos by Mark Garvin.
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