“The madness of love and desire, the loss of reason, and the lengths to which you’ll go with it.” That’s what Minneapolis-based director Michelle Hensley says when asked what attracted her to Twelfth Night. That mad desire, and the muddling confusion and white-hot emotions that go along with very deeply wanting—those are the things that Shakespeare coded into the DNA of this play of shipwrecks and separation, false identities and sadness and celebration. For many of Hensley’s audiences, however, “love and romance can be a luxury,” she says; her theater company, Ten Thousand Things (TTT) specializes in bringing high-quality theater productions to homeless shelters, prisons, and other community settings for free, as well as to more traditional performance spaces.
But this is not a scaled-down school tour-style undertaking—TTT’s shows annually top “best-of” critics’ lists, and last year the Star Tribune, the region’s largest newspaper, named Hensley “Best Theater Artistic Director.” With no sets or lights, and minimal props and costumes, the actors meet audiences on a level playing field, carrying them somewhere extraordinary through the raw power of story. Her Cal Shakes Twelfth Night will be a high-quality production performed by some of the Bay Area’s leading actors.
“Oh man, whenever I’m alone and depressed by myself at night, I’m going to think about this,” said a treatment center resident after seeing a TTT production of As You Like It. About Measure for Measure, one homeless woman said, “I've read a lot of Shakespeare but I've never read this one, SO good! [Laughing] Just cause I'm here and don't got no front teeth doesn't mean I'm not literate and can't enjoy a good art. It just means I don't have any money!”
Run time for this production is two hours, plus 10-minute intermission. Act One is one hour and 10 minutes long; Act Two is 50 minutes long.
Olivia – Maria Candelaria*
Malvolio/Valentine – Nancy Carlin*
Toby Belch – Catherine Castellanos*
Andrew Aguecheek – Patty Gallagher*
Viola/Sebastian – Cindy Im*
Orsino/Maria – Rami Margron*
Feste/Antonio – Sarita Ocón*
Director – Michelle Hensley
Composer – Peter Vitale
Music – Olive Mitra
Costumes – Naomi Arnst, based on original designs by Sonya Berlovitz
Set Design – Erica Zaffarano
Props – Brittany White
Fight Choreography – Dave Maier
Stage Manager – Amanda Krieger*
Production Assistant – Whitney Krause
*Denotes member of Actor’s Equity.
Click here to read bios for the cast and creative team.
Thursdays–Saturdays, February 20–March 2 at 8pm; Sundays 2pm and 8pm.
Intersection for the Arts
925 Mission, Suite 109, San Francisco
Seating is general admission; first-come, first-served
All tickets cost $20.
If your preferred performance is sold out, we can put you on the waiting list for walk-in tickets. Just come to Intersection beginning 30 minutes before curtain time and give your name to the box office staff.
A limited amount of tickets are available for members of the public to attend community performances at select locations. Contact Community Participation Coordinator Sonya Taylor at 510.548.3422 x115 or firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
Community Performance Partner Locations:
Alameda County Juvenile Detention Center
Berkeley Food and Housing Project
Central City SRO Collaborative
Eastside Arts Alliance
San Francisco Public Library
Click here to read or download our Twelfth Night program, including letters from Michelle Hensley and Jonathan Moscone, why the cast and creative team do theater (in their own words), and an article about our inaugural foray into community performances.
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