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Theatre on the Green
Posted 06/19/2002 12:00AM

Theatre on the Green

06-19-02
Shakespeare"s "Twelfth Night"

Dallas, Pa. - William Shakespeare"s comedy masterpiece "Twelfth Night" comes to life as the National Players return to the Misericordia University campus July 11-13. The performances, which begin at 8 p.m. in the college"s First Union Amphitheatre, are part of the college"s "Under the Stars" summer arts program. The Bard"s comedic masterpiece, "Twelfth Night" is the tale of Viola and her twin brother, Sebastian, and the twists and turns that occur after a violent storm out at sea shipwrecks Viola, who presumes her dear brother, Sebastian, is dead.

Viola disguises herself as a boy, renaming herself Cesario, and becomes a page in the service of Orsino, the Duke. Cesario becomes entangled in the middle of a love triangle between the Duke and Olivia, a woman mourning the death of her brother and father. Olivia believes Viola"s impersonation as a man, and begins to fall in love with Cesario. To further complicate matters, Sebastian comes ashore thinking that Viola has drowned in the shipwreck. He is nursed back to health by a man named Antonio. Eventually Sebastian and Viola are reunited.

In its fifty-second year of touring, the National Players has earned a unique name and place in American theatre. This remarkable acting company has given over 5,600 performances and workshops on plays by Shakespeare, O"Neill, Shaw and other acclaimed playwrights. National Players has performed for the public in 35 states and 10 foreign countries, reaching young audiences throughout the nation. The National Players is in residence at the University of Maryland in College Park.

For more information, see the college"s website, www.misericordia.edu or call (570) 674-6719 for ticket information.

"Under the Stars" runs July 8 -21 and features four different performances: Jazz in July on July 8, "Twelfth Night," performed by the National Players July 11-13 and Zydecoal band in concert July 14. Ticket prices for these performances are as follows: amphitheater seating: $14 and lawn seating: $8. Tickets for the Janis Ian concert on July 21 are $20 for amphitheater seating and $15 for lawn seating. Tickets for all four shows can be purchased at the package price of $55 for amphitheater seating. All events are held at the First Union Amphitheater.

The First Union Amphitheatre was constructed on the Misericordia University campus in 1999. This beautiful outdoor venue has a seating capacity of 400. It is the site of many campus events including fall convocation, as well as outdoor concerts and plays including the college"s annual "Theater on the Green" Shakespearean festival. Founded in 1924 by the Sisters of Mercy, Misericordia University is Luzerne County"s oldest four-year college. Misericordia offers 29 academic majors including graduate and undergraduate degrees in full and part-time formats.

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