Imagine Shakespeare traded in his British accent for a twang.
In the Department of Dramatic Arts’ latest production of the Bard’s work, it takes Twelfth Night from Elizabethan times to the 1950s and an era of soul-searching country blues, with the fool Feste heading up a country band to put a southern spin on the more than 400-year-old play.
“We are performing Twelfth Night using music rooted in contemporary culture,” said co-director Gyllian Raby. “So although this production is not a musical, music is threaded throughout the play.”
Raby shares directing duties with Danielle Wilson and is assisted by Keavy Leach. Twelfth Night is the first main-stage production of the Department of Dramatic Arts’ 2013-14 season and it showcases the talents of students in the undergraduate program.
The play runs Nov. 7-9, nightly at 7:30, in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre. A matinee performance will happen Nov. 8 at 11:30 a.m.
Tickets are $18 for adults; $15 for seniors and students; $12 for groups; and $5 for the eyeGo high school ticket program. Available from the Centre for the Arts Box Office: 905.688.5550 x3257.