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Twelfth Night (2023)
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As we close our 2022/23 season with our engaging and lyrical production of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, we look back on a season full of memorable characters and moving scenes. But we cherish one scene especially that we would like to share with you again.

In our production of The Lifespan of a Fact, magazine editor Emily Penrose needs to set young fact checker Jim Fingal straight about the importance of storytelling.

EMILY: Jim? Do you know what it is we are doing here?

JIM: We're fact checking?

EMILY: You asked me if what you're doing is important. Well, let me tell you there is nothing more important than story. To me, anyway. What is story to you?

JIM: Story comes from the Greek historia – an accurate retelling—

EMILY: It's how you organize your life – all life. The scientists say that life is atoms and forces and fluids and genomes. But we live in stories. Events organized to make ourselves known to each other and to history. Organized in a way that gives our lives meaning.

JIM: I understand.

EMILY: I don't think you do. Because if you did, you wouldn't be asking me if what you're doing is important. This is important. I have been here, for who knows how long, and I have seen that the right story at the right time changes the way people look at the events in their own lives. This is the right time. And I depend on you to get the story right. Now go get it done.
With this simple exchange, this wonderful play encapsulates why we at the Lantern do what we do – and why we hope that it is as important to you as it is to us: narrative storytelling gives our lives meaning.

When you are in the audience and when you support the work on stage, YOU are the key to the Lantern's success. In honor of our 30th anniversary, we ask you to dig deep to support your theater company.

With deep appreciation,

Charles McMahon
Charles McMahon
Artistic Director
Stacy Dutton
Stacy Dutton
Executive Director

Every dollar makes a big difference.

Questions? Please contact our Development Team at development@lanterntheater.org. Thank you for supporting the Lantern!

GuideStar/Candid Gold Seal of Transparency Lantern Theater Company is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our Federal Tax ID number is 23-2798692. Donations to Lantern Theater Company are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. The official registration and financial information of Lantern Theater Company may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

Pictured: Melissa Rakiro and Joanna Liao in Twelfth Night (2023). Photo: Mark Garvin.
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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.

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