2018 Season



















Twelfth Night

Often deemed Shakespeare’s comedic masterpiece, Twelfth Night weaves together our favorite elements into one multifaceted world. A shipwreck, a sad clown, a woman disguised as a man, and unrequited love come together in the midst of a post-holiday malaise. In these characters we recognize our own struggle against melancholy, which so often can make daily aggravations a little bit worse. But in the end, we find our way out and into joy once again. We look forward to sharing this catharsis with you.




Kristin Clippard, of Cincinnati, will direct Twelfth Night. Kristin holds a BFA from Wright State University and an MFA from the University of Iowa. She trained with Shakespeare & Company, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, the former National Conservatory Theatre, and SITI Company. Selected directing credits include Loyalty and Betrayal (a community collaboration based on Julius Caesar), Landless, Collective Amnesia, and Champagne Gods. Favorite classic play projects include Imaginary Invalid, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Taming of the Shrew, Measure for Measure, Pericles, Dr. Faustus and She Stoops to Conquer. Kristin has taught, administered, acted, assisted or directed with over a dozen Shakespeare producing theatre companies and many others. She is also a playwright and enjoys developing new works with writers. Visit her website at www.kristinclippard.com

Twelfth Night (Director notes)

Time & Place: The courtyard between the homes of Olivia and Orsino, January 6, 1890. Twelfth Night is timeless both in its mischievousness and its heart, but our production is held together by the stringent cultural mores of the Victorian Era. The Victorian period, being one of strict social etiquette and strong gender bias, feels like the right time for these people to be grappling with these questions: What can we do to find delight in our world? How can we carry on when grief fills the air? What does it mean to love someone outside your own sphere? Fast on the heels of the holidays, the play examines sadness in a festive season. Some greet the New Year or Epiphany with optimism, some with grief, some with depression, and some with joyous and raucous abandon. Some people, perhaps like Viola and Sebastian, are just plain lost. Through Viola’s trials, we learn that we cannot lose hope. The play is filled with revelry, grief, loyalty, silliness and love. The story is solace to a melancholy soul because it shows us that grief and joy can exist in the same space.

This play is also about a group of people sharing a space between two households in discord, but harmony may be found in their reconciliation. No revelry is complete without music, and that will play a key part in this production. The composer, Chris Houston, and I, inspired by early American music, have worked to create tunes that fit the time and space, celebrating the balance of mourning and mayhem in the play.

Twelfth Night speaks to us today because we can relate to the emptiness, the need to grieve, the fear of being alone and wanting to be loved, and the desire to revel without restriction. We must remember that even though we may be shipwrecked and “the rain it raineth every day,” there are such things as love and song and laughter to sustain us beyond the dark of winter. Revel with us as we “smile at grief” and watch sorrow turn to joy!















Twelfth Night

Often deemed Shakespeare’s comedic masterpiece, Twelfth Night weaves together our favorite elements into one multifaceted world. A shipwreck, a sad clown, a woman disguised as a man, and unrequited love come together in the midst of a post-holiday malaise. In these characters we recognize our own struggle against melancholy, which so often can make daily aggravations a little bit worse. But in the end, we find our way out and into joy once again. We look forward to sharing this catharsis with you.




Kristin Clippard, of Cincinnati, will direct Twelfth Night. Kristin holds a BFA from Wright State University and an MFA from the University of Iowa. She trained with Shakespeare & Company, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, the former National Conservatory Theatre, and SITI Company. Selected directing credits include Loyalty and Betrayal (a community collaboration based on Julius Caesar), Landless, Collective Amnesia, and Champagne Gods. Favorite classic play projects include Imaginary Invalid, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Taming of the Shrew, Measure for Measure, Pericles, Dr. Faustus and She Stoops to Conquer. Kristin has taught, administered, acted, assisted or directed with over a dozen Shakespeare producing theatre companies and many others. She is also a playwright and enjoys developing new works with writers. Visit her website at www.kristinclippard.com

Twelfth Night (Director notes)

Time & Place: The courtyard between the homes of Olivia and Orsino, January 6, 1890. Twelfth Night is timeless both in its mischievousness and its heart, but our production is held together by the stringent cultural mores of the Victorian Era. The Victorian period, being one of strict social etiquette and strong gender bias, feels like the right time for these people to be grappling with these questions: What can we do to find delight in our world? How can we carry on when grief fills the air? What does it mean to love someone outside your own sphere? Fast on the heels of the holidays, the play examines sadness in a festive season. Some greet the New Year or Epiphany with optimism, some with grief, some with depression, and some with joyous and raucous abandon. Some people, perhaps like Viola and Sebastian, are just plain lost. Through Viola’s trials, we learn that we cannot lose hope. The play is filled with revelry, grief, loyalty, silliness and love. The story is solace to a melancholy soul because it shows us that grief and joy can exist in the same space.

This play is also about a group of people sharing a space between two households in discord, but harmony may be found in their reconciliation. No revelry is complete without music, and that will play a key part in this production. The composer, Chris Houston, and I, inspired by early American music, have worked to create tunes that fit the time and space, celebrating the balance of mourning and mayhem in the play.

Twelfth Night speaks to us today because we can relate to the emptiness, the need to grieve, the fear of being alone and wanting to be loved, and the desire to revel without restriction. We must remember that even though we may be shipwrecked and “the rain it raineth every day,” there are such things as love and song and laughter to sustain us beyond the dark of winter. Revel with us as we “smile at grief” and watch sorrow turn to joy!



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