SHAKESPEARE AT THE LANTERN IS BACK!
"The city's top presenter of Shakespeare's work." –TheaterMania
2022/23 Mainstage Season
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Charles McMahon
Now – 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.
This production will be performed at St. Stephen's Theater, which is conveniently located at 923 Ludlow Street in Center City Philadelphia. We regret that access to both the performance space and restrooms at St. Stephen's Theater requires navigating a flight of stairs. Unfortunately, no elevator service is available. We are able to accommodate patrons with early seating or other special needs. When you arrive at the theater, please let the house manager on duty know how we may assist you. Directions & parking»
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PROPERLY WORN MASKS REQUIRED TO ATTEND
Safety Protocols: Twelfth Night
During Twelfth Night, everyone other than the actors on stage must wear masks while in our venue. We are grateful for your cooperation with these safety measures that help protect our unmasked performers in our intimate performance space, while also helping to avoid performance cancellations and meeting Actors' Equity Association's Covid testing requirements.
LAST UPDATED 4/17/23
TWELFTH NIGHT on THE LANTERN SEARCHLIGHT BLOG
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NEW! Artist Interview: Actor Joanna Liao
Hear from the performer taking on the central role of Viola in the Lantern's production of Twelfth Night
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
QUIZ: Shakespeare's Songs
How well do you know Shakespeare's songs? Test your musical memory by filling in the blanks!
NEW! 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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TWELFTH NIGHT in the NEWS
"Lantern Theater Company offers a delightfully comic and effortlessly romantic new production of Twelfth Night to close its season" –Broad Street Review (5/26/23)
"Temple grad Melissa Rakiro takes on role of Olivia in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night" –The Philadelphia Tribune (5/26/23)
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
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
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Header Photo: Paul L. Nolan, Sally Mercer, and Charles McMahon in Copenhagen (2018); Charlie DelMarcelle, Anthony Lawton, Jered McLenigan, and Brian Anthony Wilson in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (2019); Anthony Lawton and Paul L. Nolan in The Craftsman (2017); and Bi Jean Ngo and Peter DeLaurier in The Tempest (2018). Photos by Mark Garvin.
Lantern Theater Company acknowledges that it is situated on Lenapehoking, the ancestral and spiritual homeland of the Unami Lenape, and we pay respect to them as this region's original storytellers.