William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night adapted by Robert L. Williams transports the audience to 1938 Appalachia in this rousing, heartbreaking comedy with music: An Appalachian Twelfth Night. Visit http://AATNmusical.com
- Get the original cast album: https://itun.es/i6Sh2xD
In 1938, actors from the New York chapter of the WPA’s Federal Theatre Project travel to Pikeville, Kentucky to present William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” Using the small town’s Union Hall and fleshing out the cast with local performers, this company of actors re-imagined Shakespeare’s timeless comedy into a transformative play set in an isolated coal-mining town.
With music by the Appalachian band Rev. Karl and the Pikeville Pickers, this rousing production incorporates local folklore and much of the traditional music and dance handed down from the Elizabethean ancestors of these mountain dwellers.
Robert L. Williams’ adaptation brings unexpected life to this classic tale of tragic loss, heartbreak, mistaken identity, mixed-up passion and drunken merriment. Audiences have never seen Shakespeare like this!
The Los Angeles revival production of this unique production was a Drama Critics Circle Nominee and garnered spectacular reviews: “Imaginatively helmed! Exudes a captivating rural humor of its own!” – Variety
“It's a toe-tapping, laugh-spreading good time.” – LA Times
“It's one of the best and most innovative productions of Shakespeare's lyric comedy.” – Curtain Up
More reveiws: http://articles.latimes.com...
Interest has been expressed in reviving this production. 134 West and original director Susan Lambert are in the process of possibly reviving this production. Either way, we honor the talented Robert L. Williams, who conceived and adapted this project, passed away in 2013. If you have interest in this project, please contact us: email@example.com
From the original 1938 production and 2002 program notes:
"Currently in America fear persists, paranoia reigns, darkness rises and we face a world that feels it may break apart at its economic and political seams at any moment. So what does theatre, or Shakespeare for that matter, have to offer us? Our hope is that art and music can be light in the darkness. And that theatre, as it evolves and grows, can become a vital part of every community and help us find our way in the world.
"An Appalachian Twelfth Night" is a story of love, loss, chaos, laughter and music. This “old poetry” can become fresh and thrilling – lifting us up to bridge stories across time and bring diverse peoples to a universal understanding. Of course, all the while having some good ol’ foot-stompin' fun."
LOS ANGELES PRODUCTION
CONCEIVED AND ADAPTED BY ROBERT L. WILLIAMS
DIRECTED BY SUSAN LAMBERT
MUSICAL DIRECTION BY ROB KENDT
ERIC ALMQUIST, KELLEY BIRNEY, SUSAN BRINDLEY, ROGER EAVES, SEAN GALUSZA, GENE GILLETTE, GERALD HOPKINS, KARL KATTERFELD, ROB KENDT, PATRICIA ANN LAMKIN, SCOTT MCCLAIN, ANDREW ELVIS MILLER, MARY EILEEN O'DONNELL, JOEL WEST AND ROBERT L. WILLIAMS
BAND: ROGER EAVES, ROB KENDT, KARL SATTERFIELD
ORIGINALLY PRODUCED BY SEAN GALUSZKA and ROBERT L. WILLIAMS for DANCING BAREFOOT PRODUCTIONS
AT THE GLOBE PLAYHOUSE in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
SET AND COSTUME DESIGN PETER LOVELLO
LIGHTING DESIGN TERRY ENROTH
Get the original Cast Album: An Appalachian Twelfth Night -https://itun.es/i6Sh2xD
Songs in the original production include:
Wildwood Flower – Patricia Ann Lamkin, Rob Kendt
Down The Old Plank Road – Sean Galuszka, Robert Williams, Andrew Elvis Miller, Joel West
Come Away Death – Sean Galuszka
Daddy, Don’t Go Down The Mine – Rob Kendt
Mountain Dew – Company
The Cuckoo Is A Pretty Bird – Rob Kendt, Patricia Ann Lamkin, Roger Eaves
O Mistress Mine – Sean Galuszka
Viola’s Theme – Rob Kendt
He Will Set Your Fields on Fire – Rob Kendt, Sean Glauszka, Patricia Ann Lamkin, Roger Eaves
Song of Ruth – Rob Kendt
Farther Along – Mary Eileen O’Donnell
Jordan’s a Hard Road to Travel – Rob Kendt, Roger Eaves
I Am Gone, Sir – Sean Glauszka
Will The Circle Be Unbroken? - Company