Bay Street Theater and Hamptons Shakespeare Festival presented "Twelfth Night, Or What You Will" directed by Scott Schwartz.
The Bay Street Shakespeare Initiative and Hamptons Shakespeare Festival presented a benefit reception with an enchanting performance of "Twelfth Night or What You Will" at the oceanfront home of Patty and Jay Baker in Amagansett on Sunday August 16, 2015.
The outside performance on a stage in the dunes featured a terrific ensemble of actors helmed by Scott Schwartz with a smart adaptation by Will Pomerantz and music and sound by David M.Brandenberg & Lindsey Alexander, which enhanced the evening beautifully.
The delightful adaption was staged with an outstanding ensemble of actors that delivered uniformly lively and witty performances, both physically and emotionally organic. I would hate to single out any one actor, as each made affectively unique contributions to the evening’s zestful spontaneity and fun.
Josh Gladstone in the delicious role of Sir Toby Belch kept the pedal to the medal with a boldly audacious interpretation that had me smiling or laughing continuously throughout the evening at his delicious antics. Piper Perado was a wistful Viola, and Julia Motyka made a beautiful and captivating Olivia. Each actor of the stellar ensemble played marvelously with one another while capturing the core essence of their respective characters with a delicious dichotomy that was both playful and serious.
Hats off to director Scott Schwartz! His intimate production was a night to remember, and better than most of the Public Theater’s Central Park productions, which often miss the mischievous nature of the Bard’s intentions.
The sterling cast included Dan Amboyer as Sebastian, Kyle Barisich as Antonio, Nick Cearley as Feste, Sean Dugan as Malvolio, Robert Eli as Duke Orsino, Lucas Hall as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Neal Kelley as Captain, Austyn Myers as Valentine, Nancy Johnston as Priest and Kate Mueth as Maria.
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Photography: Barry Gordin