A&M International Presents Twelfth Night April 24 - 26

Texas A&M International University will present three free performances of Shakespeare's comedy Twelfth Night April 24 - 26 in the Great Room of the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library-Administration Building (room 319) on the University's main campus, 5201 University Boulevard.

Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24; 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25; and 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 26.

All performances are free and open to the public. Lite refreshments will be served.

Written about 1600, Twelfth Night is full of mistaken identities, misdirected passions, high comedy, low tricks, and unexpected poignancy.

The play begins as the shipwrecked Viola is washed ashore on the fictional country of Illyria near the home of Olivia, a young countess who has sworn to have no contact with men for seven years.

Convinced her beloved twin brother Sebastian died in the shipwreck, Viola tries to survive in the foreign land by disguising herself as a boy named Cesario.

Cesario is soon sent by the enamored Duke Orsino to woo Olivia on his behalf. However Olivia finds herself attracted to Cesario who in turn begins to fall in love with Orsino.

The romantic triangle is further complicated when Viola's twin Sebastian suddenly emerges, alive and well.

Cast members include J. Michael Moreno as Duke Orsino, Virginia Maureen Netzer as Viola, and Deborah Lorraine Gonzalez as Olivia.

Other cast members include Daniel A. Tamez (as Sebastian), Peter Rivera (Antonio), Duane Burdorf (Malvolio), Tom Moore (Feste), Dr. Jeffrey Cass (Sir Toby Belch), Gus Salazar (Andrew), Janet Lee-Orem (Maria), Nadia Renee Garza (Valentine), Darlene Marie Sanchez (Curio), Ma. Esther Gomez (Fabianne), Selina Liendo (Priest), Thelma Casso (Sea Captain/servant), and Adriana Alexander (First and Second Officer).

Stage crew includes Darlene Marie Sanchez, Publicity Director; Karla Mariette Winterroth, Costume Director, Adriana Alexander, Costumes; Seline Liendo, Make-up, Costumes, and Blocking; and Dina Martinez, Stage Manager.

Director is Dr. Peter Kratzke, Assistant Professor of English at A&M International.

For more information, please call Dr. Kratzke at 326-2629. University office hours are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Journalists who need additional information or help with media requests and interviews should contact the Office of Public Affairs and Information Services at pais@tamiu.edu