FREE “Twelfth Night” Fort Lee, Hackensack

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Back in the parks:

The Hudson Shakespeare Company returns with its 23rd season of touring Shakespeare with the romantic comedy with a twin mistaken identity, “Twelfth Night” at:

Tuesday, June 24, 7:30pm, Monument Park, Fort Lee, NJ, 1588 Palisade Avenue, next to the Fort Lee Museum.

Wednesday, June 25, 7:30pm, 174 Davis Avenue, Hackensack, NJ

The company will be presenting its remaining shows in a modern setting with a hipster vibe. They will also be touring with “Cymbeline”, the Shakespeare fairy with an Old West twist in July and with “Pericles” the Shakespeare swashbuckling family road trip through the Mediterranean. For the company’s complete schedule see hudsonshakespeare.homestead.com or call 973 449 7443

Story of Twelfth Night

A shipwrecked girl named Viola (Noelle Fair) finds herself separated from her twin brother Sebastian (James Ross) and lost in the offbeat land of Ilyria. She decides to disguse herself as a man to protect her virtue and seeks refuge in the house of the local Duke Orsino (Nick Bombicino). Orisno pines for a lost love of the lady Olivia (Emily DeSena), who wants nothing to do with him, and Viola falls in love with the hopeless romantic. Meanwhile, Olivia falls in love with the disguised Viola.

How can Viola let Olivia down with blowing her cover? Will she tell Orsino her true feelings? Will she be reunited with her brother?

Meanwhile Olivia’s constantly drunk uncle Toby Belch (Bradley Sumner) mooches off of his niece with his posse of other drunk slackers and dupes Olivia’s butler, Malvolio (Jorge I. Sánchez) into thinking she loves him.

Written in 1602, the comic story of a shipwrecked girl who dresses like a guy to find her brother and unexpected love is one of Shakespeare’s wackiest comedies and whose title hints at the British Christmas tradition of Boxing Day, where the rules of society are turned upside down as the bosses become employees and employees the bosses.

This production is transported to the modern day Hipster New York with iconoclastic fashions, modern live songs and over the top audience participation. Patrons should bring lawn chairs or blankets as seating is limited. Admission is free.

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