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16 November 2006

JSU to Perform Shakespeare's Romantic Comedy "Twelfth Night"

Rather than offering a modernized version of the play, JSU's production will stay true to the original Elizabethan time period. Great strides have been made to create scenes and a theatrical atmosphere close to that experienced by audiences at Shakepeare's open-air Globe Theater in London.

Another “gamble” incorporated into the production will be the unique use of lighting, Claeren says.

“At the end of each scene, we're not going to bring the lights down — no transitions from one scene to the next,” he says. “The play is written for constant flow so that one scene melts into another.”

"Twelfth Night" is arguably one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies, Claeren says. But for those who are not familiar with the playwright's work, it could also serve as an excellent introduction.

“This is a great place for someone to start,” he says. “It's got a little bit of everything — both serious and comedic — to show what an amazing talent Shakespeare had not only for language but also for understanding the human condition.”

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