Twelfth Night

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Carin Bratlie
June 6-22, 2014
Performing on the Coast of Illyria (aka outdoors in the Twin Cities)

Orsino loves Olivia, who will not let him woo. Viola washes up on their shore from a shipwreck and disguises herself as a boy. Viola falls in love with Orsino. Olivia falls in love with Viola. Olivia’s servants convince one of their own—Malvolio—that Olivia is in love with him. Viola’s twin brother, Sebastian, is mistaken for Viola. Orsino pines for love. Olivia assails with hers. Viola dodges advances and Malvolio makes himself a spectacle. A ring, a fool, and yellow stockings end up in the mix, and the Coast of Illyria has never seen a spree of lunacy like this.

The Cast

Orsino – Derek Meyer
Valentine – Elliot Drolet
Viola – MaryLynn Mennicke
Sebastian – Alexander Stene
Captain – Peyton McCandless
Antonio – Eric Eichenlaub
Olivia – Amber Bjork *
Maria – Katherine Kupiecki
Sir Toby Belch – Charles Numrich
Sir Andrew Aguecheek – Andy Chambers *
Malvolio – David Beukema
Fabian – Kelsey Cramer *
Clown (Feste) – Victoria Pyan
Officer – Elliot Drolet
Priest – Peyton McCandless

The Crew

Director – Carin Bratlie *
Music Director – Peyton McCandless
Stage Manager – Clara Costello
Costume Designer – Mandi Johnson *
Props Designer – Julia Carlis *
Dramaturg – Kit Gordon
Directing Observer – Monica Brewster
Costuming Observer – Kelsey Cramer *

*Theatre Pro Rata Company Member

The Press

“It’s hard to imagine a nicer way to spend a lovely June evening”
“MaryLynn Mennicke provides a […] lively and grounded performance as Viola”
“Director Carin Bratlie takes full advantage of the outdoor setting” –Star Tribune

“An engaging and joyful production that would have warmed any hearts and souls.”
“The costumes look gorgeous.”
“Director Carin Bartlie helms a fast-paced production that makes the best of the outdoor setting and the talents of the actors.” –City Pages

“5 stars – Very Highly Recommended”
“If you’re wondering whether you should go see Theatre Pro Rata’s production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, I’ll make it easy for you: Go see Twelfth Night.”
“The strong foundation that makes this production of Twelfth Night work so well is the same strong foundation Theatre Pro Rata lays out for all its productions, particularly of the classics—they make sure they understand what it means first.”
“So even if the audience doesn’t know their Shakespeare, they don’t have to. Pro Rata knows it for them, and then just goes about the basic business of telling the story in the most entertaining way possible.” –TC Daily Planet

City Pages chats with director Carin Bratlie about the show, Shakespeare, and performing outside.

The Star Tribune spotlights Twelfth Night as a top pick for this weekend.

Lavender Magazine interviews Carin Bratlie and actor David Beukema about the production’s take on love, gender, and playing Malvolio.

City Pages delves into the unique challenges of performing Twelfth Night in Twin Cities parks.

The Pioneer Press mentions the show in its arts roundup.

l’etoile includes Twelfth Night in its roundup of activities to check out.

The Eagan Sun Thisweek mentions the show in its upcoming summer activities for Caponi Art Park.

Specific Dates and Locations
Friday, June 6 @ 6:30pm at Union Depot, East Plaza in St. Paul
Saturday, June 7 @ 6:30pm at Loring Park in Minneapolis
Sunday, June 8 @ 6:30pm at Caponi Art Park in Eagan
Friday, June 13 @ 6:30pm at the Lake Phalen Amphitheater in St. Paul
Saturday, June 14 @ 6:30pm at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen
Sunday, June 15 @ 6:30pm at Union Depot, East Plaza in St. Paul
Friday, June 20 @ 6:30pm at Kenwood Park in Minneapolis
Saturday, June 21 @ 6:30pm at Kenwood Park in Minneapolis
Sunday, June 22 @ 6:30pm at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen

Fun Stuff

Study Guide
Virtual Playbill

Photo Gallery

Production Photos Credit: Charlie Gorrill
Publicity Photos Credit: Grinkie Photography, LLC

Special Thanks to our sponsors

Kenwood Park

The Friends of Loring Park



This activity is funded, in part, by appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund, and its arts and cultural heritage fund that was created by a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.