Twelfth Night, With David Adkins, Darius de Haas, Donnetta Lavinia Grays, Begins at Westport

News   Twelfth Night, With David Adkins, Darius de Haas, Donnetta Lavinia Grays, Begins at Westport
The Westport Country Playhouse's staging of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, or What You Will, featuring David Adkins, Darius de Haas, Susan Kelechi Watson, David Schramm, Paul Anthony Stewart and Donnetta Lavinia Grays, begins previews Oct. 11.

Darius de Haas
Darius de Haas Photo by Steve Vaccariello

Westport artistic director Mark Lamos directs Shakespeare's tale of love and mistaken identity, which will continue through Nov. 5.

Adkins (St. Joan, Next Fall) plays Malvolio, with de Haas (Children of Eden, Carousel) as Feste, Watson (Naked Girl on the Appian Way) as Olivia, Schramm (Finian's Rainbow, "Wings") as Sir Toby Belch, Stewart (Fiddler on the Roof) as Antonio and Grays (Ruined, In the Next Room…) as Maria.

The cast also includes Mahira Kakkar (Rafta… Rafta…) as Viola, Rachid Sabitri (Rafta Rafta…) as Sebastian, Jordan Coughtry (Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet) as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Lucas Hall (Merchant of Venice, Othello) as Orsino, Rick Ford (Cyrano de Bergerac) as Captain/Priest, Justin Kruger (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) as Fabian/Valentine, as well as Nakeisha Daniel and Kimberly Maresca as Olivia's Attendants, and Myron Lee and Chris Ryan as Orsino's Attendants.

"I first encountered this magical play as an actor at the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Connecticut," Lamos said in a statement. "It was the play's remarkable mix of comedy and pathos, sadness and joy that meant so much to me. Though I'd acted quite a bit of Shakespeare by then, this play seemed unusually rich, strange and satisfying. The chance to revisit a play in which music is the food of love - and happiness and melancholy are entwined so perceptively and humorously - is irresistible."

Twelfth Night has scenic design by Andrew Boyce, costume design by Tilly Grimes, lighting design by Robert Wierzel, sound design by John Gromada and fight direction by B. H. Barry.

For tickets, visit WestportPlayhouse.

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