Shakespeare by The River is presenting Twelfth Night at 8:30 p.m., Sunday, July 1st, in Muskingum Park in downtown Marietta. The show is free and open to the public.
A pair of shipwrecked twins set into motion a tale of mistaken identity and unlikely love. Separated from her brother Sebastian and fearing him lost at sea, the quick-thinking Viola adopts a male disguise and enters the service of the handsome Duke Orsino—only to find herself at the center of an explosive love triangle in which identity, passion and gender all threaten to come undone. Bursting with vitality and romance, Twelfth Night has long been one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, featuring one of the Bard’s most remarkable heroines matching wits with a host of captivating characters—from the love-struck Olivia to the puritanical Malvolio.
The Marietta Summer Theatre Festival is a co-production of the Hippodrome/Colony Historical Theatre Association and the Marietta College Theatre Department. As one of the original programs of the Hippodrome/Colony Historical Theatre Association, the Marietta Summer Theatre Festival began to take root six years prior to the 2016 opening of Peoples Bank Theatre. In these early years, productions took place at The Adelphia Music Hall, Mid Ohio Valley Players Theatre, and Marietta College. The 2014 production of Love’s Labour’s Lost in Muskingum Park marked what would become the first season of the Marietta Summer Theatre Festival. With the opening of Peoples Bank Theatre, Shakespeare by The River productions have been paired with Broadway musicals on the theatre stage. The vision from the start has been to produce professional theatre for the Marietta community. The Marietta Summer Theatre Festival provides a rare opportunity to use our historic theatre as it was originally intended — a space to present musical, classical, and new theatre, to a Marietta audience.