Parson's Nose Theater Presents "Clearly Classics: Shakespeare's Twelfth Night"

Previews: May 11, 12, and 18, 2018; Runs: May 19 - June 10, 2018

Published : Thursday, April 19, 2018 | 4:29 PM

Parson’s Nose Theater (PNT) closes their 2017-18 season with “Clearly Classic: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night”. “Clearly Classics” is a new PNT series which includes a 15-minute introduction to a classic play’s characters, language, and themes, enhancing its enjoyment for today’s audience. This is an original 90-minute adaptation by Artistic Director, Lance Davis.

“O, had I but studied the arts!” –Sir Andrew Aguecheek

“The classics are classics because they continue to show us ourselves,” says Mr. Davis. “Welcome to Twelfth Night, a 400-year-old play about people seeing what they want to see, instead of what is. Shakespeare’s most obvious examples are Malvolio’s twisted interpretation of the love letter, Orsino’s blindness to Olivia’s disinterest, Olivia’s blindness to Cesario’s, Sir Andrew’s inability to see Sir Toby’s intentions, and everyone’s inability to see Viola’s disguise. Feste alone shows a suspicion, because he lives by Deception and therefore knows Truth. We all see ourselves in Twelfth Night; Wise fools, foolish sages, true lovers, false lovers, brave women, and cowardly men. All ruled by Fortune, or Chance, or Karma – a whirligig of Time, which, as it turns, eventually brings all things ‘round. Sit back and enjoy some of the most beautiful language ever written, in one of the most charming stories ever told.”

“Clearly Classic: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night” is partly sponsored by the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Commission of LACAC.

The cast of Twelfth Night includes James Calvert as Orsino, Mary Chalon as Maria, Lance Davis as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Barry Gordon as Feste, Taylor Hawthorne as Olivia, Jordan Knapp as Viola, Gary Lamb as Sir Toby Belch, Paul Perri as Antonio, and Jordan Wall as Sebastian. Lance Davis wrote the adaptation and is co-directing with Gary Lamb. Set by Jennifer Orsini, with costumes by Michael Mullen.

Parson’s Nose Theater presents “Clearly Classic: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night”, Previews: May 11, 12, and 18, Runs: May 19 – June 10, 2018.
Friday and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm. Post-show Q&A’s will be held with the cast after performances on May 25th & June 2nd.

Parson’s Nose Theater is located at 95 N. Marengo Ave., Pasadena.

Parson’s Nose Theater presents “Clearly Classic: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night” as part of their Full Production Series. Ticket prices are $30 for Adults, $20 for Seniors, and $15 for Students. Reservations online at or by calling (626) 403-7667. Preview Performances are Pay What You Will. Running time: 90 minutes. Ages 12+.

About Parson’s Nose Theater

Parson’s Nose Theater is a professional, critically acclaimed, not-for-profit, 501(c)3 theater organization dedicated to “introducing classic theater to contemporary audiences.” We emphasize language, story and actor, in the broad-stroke tradition of the Italian “commedia dell arte,” preparing audiences for future, full-length productions of the world’s finest classical works. Our company of actors, directors, and designers with credits including Broadway, film, and television, is among the finest in Los Angeles. In our fifteen seasons, we have introduced classical comedies to over 70,000 Angelenos.








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