Twelfth Night, the first entry in the Globe Theatre's summer Festival season, opens July 7 with doubly Tony-nominated artistic director Jack O'Brien (The Full Monty and The Invention of Love) at the helm. Crazy for You's Harry Groener stars as the clown Feste, with Paxton Whitehead as the uptight Malvolio in the Shakespeare comedy playing July 1-Aug. 11 in the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre.
Twelfth Night begins with a shipwreck as young Viola is stranded in a strange land. She disguises herself as the boy Cesario and works her way into the court of Duke Orsino. The Duke asks his new friend to woo the Lady Olivia for him, but Viola can't - she's fallen in love with Orsino herself. Not that that matters - Olivia is more taken with Cesario than she is with the Duke. Mistaken identities and misunderstandings abound, but in the end, love conquers all.
Groener has been nominated for three Tony Awards (Oklahoma!, Cats and Crazy for You) and has played memorable television roles on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Dear John." Englishman Whitehead is often remembered for portraying Sherlock Holmes in Crucifer of Blood, although other recent performances include A.E. Houseman in The Invention of Love in Chicago and A Suite in Two Keys Off Broadway. Also in the cast are Sue Cremin as Viola, Clark Thorell as Duke Orsino, Margaret Welsh as Olivia, Deborah Taylor as Maria, Michael Karn as Fabian, Brian Ibsen as Valentine, Dake Matthews as Sir Toby Belch, Glen Pannell as the Sea Captain, Michael James Reed as Antonio, Rick Stear as Sebastian, James Waterson as Sir Andrew Aguecheek and Scott Wood as Curio.
Designing Twelfth Night are James Joy (sets), Pat Collins (lighting), Robert Morgan (costumes) and Chris Walker (sound). Jole Rosen is the stage manager.