PUBLISHED: 12:29 PM on Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Theater to present Shakespearen comedy
Perseverance Theatre presents "Twelfth Night" by William Shakespeare from Oct. 26-Nov. 27. Directed by Perseverance Theatre Artistic Director P.J. Paparelli, "Twelfth Night" features a cast of 15 performers drawn largely from Paparelli's resident local acting company, including many featured performers from Paparelli's production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" last season.

For Paparelli, this commitment demonstrates his belief in the powerful effect Shakespeare's language can have on both artists and audiences.

"I strive for clarity," Paparelli said.

"I want the play to be understandable. Something incredible happens when you understand and personally connect with a Shakespeare play. You hear with new ears and suddenly have words to describe the indescribable."

"Twelfth Night" tells the story of Viola and her brother Sebastian, twins who have been shipwrecked and separated in Illyria, a land of eccentric personalities.

A complicated series of mistaken identities and misdirected passions ensue, with the play finally resolving in a triple wedding.

"This is a perfect play," Paparelli said. "It's a roller coaster ride, from the depths of unrequited love to the side-splitting hilarity of obsessive excess. It's is a wonderfully enchanting, ridiculously funny ride that everyone has to experience at least once."

Prior to his appointment as the artistic director of the theater in July 2004, Paparelli served for six years as associate director of the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.

"Twelfth Night" is the second production of the 2005-2006 season. Paparelli constructed the theatre's 27th season around themes of community, with each production exploring some facet of small town life.

"Season 27 celebrates and confirms the strong relationship between Perseverance Theatre and its community," Paparelli said.

"These plays are all epic theatrical experiences that challenge, charm, illuminate, and invigorate both artist and audience."

For tickets or information, call Perseverance Theatre at (907) 463-TIXS.