| Open: 11/03/11 Close: 11/19/11
In TWELFTH NIGHT, Viola, a young woman shipwrecked and stranded in the seaside city of Illyria, sets a series of events into motion that create a tangled knot of mistaken identities, bewildering desires, practical jokes, and ribald revelry that only time and fortune can untie.
Inspired by the films of auteur Wong Kar-wai, Leviathan Lab’s re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy will be set in Hong Kong in the 1960’s during the twelve days of Christmas. “The lush sensuality and deep sense of nostalgia that permeates the Hong Kong depicted in Wong Kar-wai’s films from the 1960’s – In the Mood for Love, Days of Being Wild – feels like the kind of Illyria that makes your heart swoon,” says Eusebio. “That feeling of being drunk on love and romantic spirit seems perfect for the world of TWELFTH NIGHT, a play very much about emotion grown to excess.” Eusebio adds, “The music of Hong Kong in the 1960’s was a crazy mix of Chinese opera stars, Nat King Cole crooned in Spanish, and a lot of 1960’s western pop imported by Filipino club musicians. This collage of musical styles provided Jason Ma with a feast of inspiration for Shakespeare’s most musical play.”
CAST: Ka-Ling Cheung*, Tina Chilip*, Chris Doi, Andrew Eisenman*, Jojo Gonzalez*, Marcus Ho*, Karen Tsen Lee*, Eugene Oh Eileen Rivera*, John Roque, Kurt Uy*, Roger Yeh
* indicates members of A ctors’ Equity A ssociation
About the Company: Leviathan Lab
Leviathan Lab is a professional creative studio founded in 2009 that includes more than 75 Asian-American actors, writers, and directors. Leviathan Lab invests in the advancement of both emerging and established Asian American performing artists by featuring them in new works by Asian American writers, in fresh interpretations of classical plays, and in original works for film, tv, and new media.