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An Appalachian Twelfth Night

In Musicals, Our Work, Theater, Uncategorized on September 24, 2013 at 1:56 pm
Shakespeare's Twelfth Night set in 1938 Appalachia is a foot-stompin' comedy with music!

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night set in 1938 Appalachia is a foot-stompin’ comedy with music!

An Appalachian Twelfth Night is a story of loss, love, chaos, laughter and music. 134 West was part of the premiere production in 2002 with Dancing Barefoot Productions and is ready to bring this amazing production to new theaters looking for an accessible Shakespeare show for the whole family. The original production charmed LA audiences with foot-stompin’ fun, sold out shows and rave reviews.

“Playfully conceived by Williams and touchingly rendered by director Susan Lambert, the staging further benefits from an extensive use of old-time folk music. It’s a toe-tapping, laugh spreading good time. ” Daryl Miller, LA Times

“Imaginatively helmed! The production exudes a captivating rural humor all its own.” – Julio Martinez, Variety

“Lusty folk tunes. Devastating straightforwardness… The Globe Theatre hasn’t seen anything like this. It’s one of the best and most innovative productions of Shakespeare’s lyric comedy.”
– Laura Hitchcock, CurtainUp

– A Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Nominee for best musical direction.

Robert L. Williams’ original adaptation of Shakespeare’s “play with music” stunned and delighted Los Angeles audiences aligning rich, traditional mountain music with the poetry of Shakespearean verse. Setting Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in an isolated coal-mining town in the thirties, it incorporates an Appalachian band “Rev. Karl and the Pikeville Pickers” and draws from the traditional folk music handed down from the Elizabethan ancestors of the mountain dwellers.

Check out the original cast recording on CDBaby or iTunes. Contact susan @ 134west.biz for more information.

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