The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey (STNJ) concludes its 60th anniversary season with its final main stage production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Last seen on STNJ in 2009, Jason King Jones directs one of the Bard’s most famous comedies just in time for the holidays. Veteran cast members Jon Barker, Jeffrey M. Bender and Tony Award nominee Robert Cuccioli are part of a diverse cast of 14 actors. Twelfth Night will be on the main stage from December 7, 2022 through January 1, 2023. Guests can purchase tickets by calling the box office at 973-408-5600 or by visiting ShakespeareNJ.org.
Nothing could be more perfect for the festive season than this masterpiece of a comedy – considered by many to be Shakespeare’s finest. This tale of shipwrecked twins on the shores of Illyria is packed with its best comedic devices – along with romance, music and beautiful verse. Twelfth Night will brighten up your holiday celebrations and is perfect for the family. The Theater will present special family matinee performances on Friday, December 23 and Wednesday, December 28.
The cast of Twelfth Night:
Longtime STNJ veteran Robert Cuccioli returns to the STNJ stage for his 12th season as the disgruntled Puritan Malvolio. Last seen in the 2018 production of Titus Andronicus, Mr. Cuccioli won a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Tony Award nomination for his performance as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the production. from Broadway by Jekyll & Hyde. His additional Broadway credits include Les Miserables and Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark. He has appeared on stages across the country, most recently as Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in St. Louis, and in A Touch of the Poet at the Irish Repertory Theater in New York.
STNJ frontman Jon Barker will play Duke Orsino. Jon was last seen this season in Pinter’s The Caretaker. Twelfth Night marks Jon’s 26th production at the Shakespeare Theater in 12 seasons with the company. Three other seasoned STNJ alumni, Jeffrey M. Bender, Patrick Toon and Tarah Flanagan will provide the show’s comic relief as Sir Toby Belch, Andrew Aguecheek and Maria respectively.
The theater is thrilled to have Eliana Rowe making her main stage debut as Viola. Eliana started with STNJ in the Shakespeare LIVE 2022! touring productions of Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Billie Wyatt, who has quickly become one of the most versatile leading ladies in the business, will play Olivia. Last seen in this season’s productions of The Metromaniacs and Florence and Mojo. She recently played the title role in Camille and Minnie in Flyin’ West at the Quintessence Theater Group in Philadelphia.
A number of other familiar and new faces join this extraordinary cast. They include Jeffrey Marc Alkins as Sebastian, Jabari Carter as Curio, Dino Curia as Antonio, Jeffrey Dunston as Sea Caption, Cedric Lamar as Feste, Ty Lane as Fabian, and Cameron Nalley as Valentine.
Jason King Jones began his professional career at the Shakespeare Theater in New Jersey in the summer of 1999. On the outdoor stage, Jason has directed The Grouch, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), The Servant of Two Masters and The Comedy of Errors (2012), as well as The Merry Wives of Windsor on the main stage. Jason was recently named Artistic Director of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival and remains Artistic Director of National Players, the country’s oldest classical touring company. Jason served as Senior Associate Artistic Director at the Olney Theater Center for a decade and is a proud graduate of Boston University’s School of Theater.
The creative team:
The Twelfth Night design team includes the creative talents of set designer Brittany Vasta, lighting designer Andrew Hungerford, sound designer Steven Beckel, costume designer Hugh Hanson, fight director Doug West and original music composed by Cedric Lamar. The production manager is Denise Cardarelli.
Single tickets for the twelfth night range from $39 to $69. The theater offers a variety of cost-saving opportunities, including $15 student rush tickets, which are available 30 minutes before each performance, with a valid student ID and a limited number of Pay What You Can For tickets. each performance on a first come, first served basis. STNJ also offers an under $30-$30 ticket option, which offers $30 tickets for customers aged 30 and under, with valid ID. Other discounts are available, including a 10% discount for Bank of America customers and employees, THIRTEEN TV members, AAA members and others. For more information or to purchase tickets, customers can call the box office at 973-408-5600 or visit ShakespeareNJ.org.
For the same price as a regular ticket, Symposium Series shows offer post-show discussion with the cast and artistic staff. For Twelfth Night, the Symposium performances will take place on Tuesday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 17 at 2:00 p.m.
Know-the-Show pre-show lectures are offered free of charge with the purchase of a show ticket. Prior to the performance on Thursday, December 15, at 7:00 p.m., there will be a pre-show chat for interested patrons. The performance that evening follows at 8:00 p.m.
The Shakespeare Theater also offers captioned shows and shows with audio description throughout the season. The subtitled performance of Twelfth Night will take place on Thursday, December 15 at 8:00 p.m. The audio-described performance will take place on Thursday, December 22 at 8:00 p.m. For more information, please contact the ticket office.