THE SUN VALLEY SHAKESPEARE
FESTIVAL’S 13TH YEAR
The nexStage Theatre’s 12th season of the Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival in downtown Ketchum opens on August 16th 2012.
Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night plays Thurs through Sun, August 16th through August 26th, on stage in the Ketchum Forest Service Park.
Shakespeare wrote Twelfth Night in the middle of his career, probably in the year 1601. It is considered by critics to be one of his greatest comedies, along As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Twelfth Night is about illusion, deception, disguises, madness, and the extraordinary things that love will cause us to do—and to see..
Twelfth Night is the only one of Shakespeare’s plays to have an alternative title: the play is actually called Twelfth Night, or What You Will. Critics consider this to be a reference to Epiphany, or the twelfth night of the Christmas celebration. In Shakespeare’s day, this holiday was celebrated as a festival in which everything was turned upside down—much like the upside-down, chaotic world of Illyria in the play.
Also featured in this year’s festival will be a new production of:
“The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged)” written by The Reduced Shakespeare Company
“The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged)” plays during the SVSF at the nexStage Theatre, 120 S Main Street, Ketchum.
August 12th - Aug 22nd
From Fig Leaves to Final Judgment…The Good Book Just Got Better! An affectionate, irreverent roller coaster ride from fig leaves to Final Judgment as three comic actors tackle the great theological questions: Did Adam and Eve have navels? Did Moses really look like Charlton Heston? And why isn’t the word “phonetic” spelled the way it sounds? Whether you are Catholic or Atheist, Muslim or Jew, Protestant or Purple People Eater, you will be tickled by this romp through old time religion. Staring Steve D'Smith, Will Hemmings and Matt Gorby
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:
Tickets are $20 (general admission) by phone: 726-4TKS, from the box office at the nexStage Theatre, 120 S Main Street, Ketchum, Idaho 83340 or on site at the Forest Service Park at 5:30 pm before each performance at 6 pm. Picnics, blankets & low chairs are welcome in addition to stadium seating. For children 12 years and under there is no charge, thanks to nexStage’s outreach program and the sponsorship of local businesses and the Idaho Commission for the Arts, who are helping to underwrite the SVSF this 12th year. For more information: 208 726-9124
The Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival History:
2000: Twelfth Night
2001: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
2002: The Taming of the Shrew
2003: All’s Well That Ends Well & the SV Renaissance Faire
2004: As You Like It & the SV Renaissance Faire
2005: The Merry Wives of Windsor & the SV Renaissance Faire
2006: The Comedy of Errors & the SV Renaissance Faire
2007: Much Ado About Nothing
2008: Much Ado About Nothing & The Compleat Wrks Of Wllm Shkspr, Abridged & the SV Renaissance Faire
2010: A Midsummer Night’s Dream & The Compleat Wrks Of Wllm Shkspr, Abridged & the SV Renaissance Faire
2011: Romeo & Juliet