Shakespeare comedy presented with a “new” twist Twelfth Night features an all male cast
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) – As Shakespeare in Delaware Park celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, they thought they might try something “new.”
The second production of the season Twelfth Night features an all-male cast, just the way it was done in Shakespeare’s day.
They have never tried this before in the 40 year history of the company. Actor Tim Newell who plays Olivia, a lead female role, says the actors are not men doing caricatures of women, “We are speaking the words as women would speak them and we feel the words as women speak them.”
There is some confusion when the ingenue Viola, played by Jordan Louis Fischer, a man dressed as a woman, masquerades as a man, but director Steve Vaughan says Shakespeare planned it that way. Vaughan also insists that all this gender bending was not done as a gimmick, but to present the play in its purest – the way it was originally performed.