Prospect Theatre Company's Illyria Begins Performances Oct. 18

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The Peter Mills musical Illyria, a tuneful adaptation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, kicks off the tenth anniversary season of the Prospect Theatre Company Oct. 18.
Jessica Grov
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Prospect producing artistic director Cara Reichel directs the new production, which runs through Nov. 16 at the Hudson Guild Theatre.

Jessica Grové, last seen in the Tony-nominated Broadway revival of Sunday in the Park with George, stars as the disguised Viola, opposite Brandon Andrus as Duke Orsino. The Illyria company also includes Jimmy Ray Bennett as Malvolio, Mitch Dean as Sebastian, Ryan Dietz as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Andrew Miramontes as Antonio, Jim Poulos (Rent) as Feste, Dan Sharkey (Lone Star Love) as Sir Toby Belch, Laura Shoop (Fiddler on the Roof) as Olivia and Tina Stafford as Maria with Lauren Adams, John Mervini, Jed Peterson and Megan Stern.

"Shipwrecked and alone on the shores of a land where 'clarity's a rarity, and madness rules,' Viola disguises herself as her twin brother," read press notes for Illyria. "Entering the service of Duke Orsino, she is quickly drawn in to a tangle of unrequited love with her new master and the mournful Lady Olivia. Meanwhile, Olivia's ne'er-do-well uncle and maid do their best to bring mirth back to the household. Cakes and ale abound and mistaken identity reigns in this gender-bending adventure."

The production features choreography by Christine O'Grady and music direction by Daniel Feyer. Additional creative team members include Erica Beck Hemminger (set design), Naomi Wolff (costume design), Ji-youn Chang (lighting design) and Joanna Lynne Staub (sound design).

Illyria was seen at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in 2004. The musical has been revised since that time. For tickets and further information visit ProspectTheater. The Hudson Guild Theatre is located at 441 West 26th St. in Manhattan.

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Founded in 1998 by five graduates of Princeton University, Prospect Theater Company is known both for its development of new musicals and its engaging interpretations of classic plays.

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