Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

May 18 – June 16, 2013

By William Shakeseare

Directed by Darko Tresnjak

The bard’s finest comedy is a paean to the restorative power of love. Viola, the shipwrecked heroine, lands on the shore of Illyria, and disguised as a page, Cesario, searches for her lost brother. Countess Olivia mourns the loss of her own brother. When the lovely Countess meets the handsome young page, desire banishes grief in this intoxicating comedy.


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Hartford Advocate
Colin McEnroe

Audience Reviews

“A theatrical delight in all ways.”

“Gorgeously designed. Directed with wit and intelligence. Some outstanding acting. Loved the dancers!”

“This play was so good, it made me proud to be a resident of the greater Hartford area.”

“Great job, loved every minute of the play. Darko is a breath of fresh air.”

“Thank you, thank you for the most fun of the year! We loved the prairie dog effect, all the sight gags, everything!!”

“I’ve never been a Shakespeare lover…but this was beautifully done. The set was magnificent. Acting great. Especially loved Malvolio.”

“The set was the best part!– what a way to use set design to enhance the production! NICE! There was not a weak actor in the bunch. Loved the comedic touches — Thoroughly enjoyed it — thanks!”

“One of the top 10 performances of our attendances over the past 38 years!”

“Absolutely excellent. Darko’s approach makes Shakespeare seem contemporary. The quality of cast was extraordinary. The set and custumes were innovative.”

“Darko’s productions have brought Shakespeare to life for me.”

“Among the top shows at Hartford Stage over the last 30+ years!”

“One of the best shows I have seen!”

“In the ten plus years that I have been a season subscriber I do not recall a better Shakespearean production than this one.”

“The set was innovative and ingeniously incorporated into the action of the play. The comedy of the play was delightfully presented. A pleasure to watch!”

“It was one terrific experience in every way.”

“Fantastic and delightful performance interpretation of Twelfh Night. Loved it!”

“I just LOVED this show – everything was wonderful, the cast, the script, I laughed and laughed, and I would come see it again! Thank you for a wonderful performance.”

“This is THE BEST shakespearean prodcution I’ve seen at Hartford Stage since I began attending performances in 1968!”

“The set as absolutely brilliant! Every previous production I’ve seen, anywhere in the world, of Shakespeare, always has problems dealing with the two layers/classes of actors, but not this time! The direction + the set was an absolutely inspired+++ combination! Wow! The best yet!!!!”

“Perfect in every way. Best production of Twelfth Night I’ve ever seen. The actors were impressive, the show humorous, and I adored that maze. Really wanted to go venture into it myself!”

“Both my wife and I found it immensely fun and engaging. Overall, a delightful evening. Characters were well developed and played out their roles as expected. The setting of the Shakespeare knot garden was remarkable and allowed for many surprises playful asides.”

“Probably the best performance of Twelfth Night I have ever seen. Malvolio was incredible.”

Photos by T. Charles Erickson.


Set Designer
Alexander Dodge

Costume Designer
Linda Cho

Lighting Designer
Matthew Richards

Sound Designers
David Budries
Nathan A. Roberts


Lea Coco

Joe Paulik

McKinley Belcher III

Sea Captain
Gregor Paslawsky

Josh Boscarino

William Macke

Sir Toby Belch
Michael Spencer Davis

Sir Andrew Aguecheek
Adam Green

Bruce Turk

Gregor Paslawsky

Che Ayende

Stacey Yen

Kate MacCluggage

Jennifer Regan

Josh Boscarino


Production Sponsor


Assisting Production Sponsor

Federman, Lally & Remis

Hartford Stage’s Production of Twelfth Night is part of Shakespeare for a New Generation, a national program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest
Shakespeare in American Communities