“Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon ’em.” –Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, or What you Will
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POSTER for Bedlam Twelfth Night and What You Will

Twelfth Night

Various Locations | 2015–2016

FIVE ACTORS. ONE PLAY. TWO WAYS

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Eric Tucker

Bedlam’s company of six brings to life two versions of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, or What You Will in rotating repertory. Both productions have been described as “radically innovative and winningly playful” and “double-barreled success.”

SEE ALSO: WHAT YOU WILL

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Praise for Both Twelfth Night & What You Will

Every so often, evidence arises that acting might just be the most satisfying profession on the planet. Take the company called Bedlam, which is putting on not one but two inspired productions of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in a small and airless room in the garment district that seats about 50, and making you feel like its members are the luckiest people alive.

Ben Brantley, The New York Times (CRITICS’ PICK)

As if Shakespeare’s penchant for gender-bending weren’t challenge enough, Bedlam reassigns the dozen-odd roles of What You Will—its subtitular twist on Twelfth Night (which it performs, in a folksier version, on alternate nights)—to a mere five actors. Confused yet? You will be, but it’s all part of the fun.

Sandy MacDonald, Time Out New York (CRITICS’ PICK)

Bedlam proves itself to be a theatrical force to be reckoned with. It also sets the bar high for other groups that perform Elizabethan as well as other classics. Enviable the theatergoer who gets to see both versions of Twelfth Night/What You Will from this delightfully inventive theater company. Their invention and talent will awe you.”

Victor Gluck, TheaterScene.net

Bedlam Theatre Company, which specializes in small-scale, no-budget classical revivals that are both RADICALLY INNOVATIVE and WINNINGLY PLAYFUL, has scored yet another success with its double-barreled Twelfth Night.”

Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal

You could opt to see only one or the other production, and that would be a valid choice. But it would also be a pity; Bedlam’s brainstorm offers us a unique opportunity to see just what a difference any given artistic choice can make, and how a play’s entire tenor (if not its meaning) can change accordingly.”

Kilian Melloy, WBUR

Uproarious and visually spellbinding by turns, artfully stylized yet characterized throughout by a surging immediacy…”

PRODUCTION HISTORY

2016

Central Square Theater

Cambridge, MA

June 9–July 10, 2016

2015

Pickard Theater

Bowdoin College, ME

Residency: September 27–29

September 28, 2015 (1 performance)

2015

Dorothy Strelsin Theater

New York, NY

March 11–May 2, 2015

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