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 William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

Playing December 5-20 at The CityShakes Studio

Shipwrecked in The Hamptons – her twin brother drowned – Viola dresses up as a man to get a job serving the richest guy in town. Foolproof plan, right? Right…Until her twin shows up, not so drowned after all. Mistaken identities, love triangles, and wild hilarity ensue, all accompanied by live music. 

General Admission – $34.99
Students & Seniors (with ID) – $20
Groups (4 or more) – $20 each
12/7, 12/11, 12/14 – Pay-What-You-Want at the door, or standard pricing online

(Doors open 30 minutes before showtime)

Performance dates:
Friday, December 5 – 8pm
Saturday, December 6 – 8pm
Sunday, December 7 – 4pm
Thursday, December 11 – 8pm
Friday, December 12 – 8pm
Saturday, December 13 – 8pm
Sunday, December 14 – 4pm
Friday, December 19 – 8pm
Saturday, December 20 – 8pm

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The Company:

Allison VolkAllison Volk – Producer, Olivia

Co-Founding Artistic Director, CityShakes ; Portia, The Merchant of Venice ; Katherine, Shrew ; Rosalind, As You Like It ; Lady Macbeth, Macbeth.  One of my favorite words is “prolific.” I believe in taking inspired action, creating opportunities for art and community, and connecting with others in a meaningful way. It took a while for Brooke and I to fully understand what we were creating with City Shakes; but it is just that: prolific, inspired, art- and community-based, and meaningful. When I moved to Los Angeles 6 years ago after completing my training at the National Theater Institute, I had no idea that I was in for an incredible journey of producing, acting, writing and learning. Though I’ve had my plays and film scripts produced on both coasts, I’m particularly excited about the feature film Brooke and I shot over the summer, Heat of Deeds. It’s based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and set in the present-day. Anticipated completion date is March 2015. Stay tuned!

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Brooke Bishop – Producer, Director

Co-Founding Artistic Director, CityShakes ; Director, Romeo & Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, As You Like It, and Shrew. Originally from Tampa, Florida, she has believed Shakespeare to be the voice of her generation ever since she saw Baz Luhrmann’s version of Romeo + Juliet when she was nine years old. Brooke’s senior thesis in directing at Amherst College, a 90-minute, ’90’s pop adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dreamwas a sold-out hit and solidified Brooke’s belief that Shakespeare is for everyone. After graduating, in an effort to explode the boundaries of traditional theatre spaces, she founded Shakespeare on the Quad in Amherst, MA (director, 12th Night, and Beatrice in Much Ado), an outdoor theater company that brings free, accessible Shakespeare to the 5-College community. She worked at the California Shakespeare Theater in Berkeley, CA, as casting assistant, and Assistant to Director Shana Cooper on her production of The Taming of the Shrew. Brooke has also directed and workshopped a number of new plays, assisted directors Lisa Peterson and Joy Carlin, was interviewed as a finalist for the 2012 Drama League Directors Project, and is an alumna of the O’Neill National Theater Institute. Brooke is also an experienced and passionate deviser of new works, costume and set designer, scenic painter and builder, stage manager, and dramaturg.

vannessa_greenleafVannessa Greenleaf – Assistant Director

As a recent graduate of Wellesley College, this is Vannessa’s first show with CityShakes.  Previous shows: Stage Manager for The Cherry Orchard (Studio M), Director – Romeo and Juliet (Wellesley College Shakespeare Society), Director and Writer –  Women Who Will, People Who Do, Apprentice / Ensemble – Two Gentlemen of Verona (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company).  She would like to thank her family, friends, boyfriend, and dogs for their constant support and love.

daniel hsDaniel Landberg – Musical Director, Feste

Previously with CityShakes: Musical Director, Romeo & Juliet, The Merchant of Venice. Born and raised in Maine, Daniel is a self-taught musician, and has been singing, playing guitar, and writing songs since he was a tween. He has played in Maine, Boston, Berlin, Los Angeles, and at Burning Man. Daniel is The City Shakespeare Company’s Resident Composer, and is grateful for the continued opportunity to continue to grow both as a musician and an actor.


Mallin Alter – Company Manager, Prop & Costume Coordinator

Previously with CityShakes: Emerging Director, The Cherry Orchard; Assistant Director, Romeo & Juliet, Assistant Director, The Merchant of Venice. Mallin is a recent graduate of UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film, and Television. She received her training in Shakespeare at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga. In the summer of 2012, she interned at Shakespeare Santa Cruz on their productions of Henry IV: Part II, and The Man in the Iron Mask. From 2012-2013, she served as president of the Shakespeare Company at UCLA, where she directed King Lear.

Mallory WeddingMallory Wedding – Text Coach & Dramaturg, Viola

Previously with CityShakes: The Nurse, Romeo & Juliet; Nerissa, The Merchant of Venice. Mallory is a Los Angeles based actor, dramaturg, and the resident text coach with the City Shakespeare Company. She was formerly seen onstage in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s production of WillFul, a devised theatre piece. She spent her summer acting in a feature film adaptation of Macbeth due for release next year. She is thrilled to joined the company for her third production and thanks her mum and dad for their unshakeable support.

David HartstoneDavid Harstone – Fight Director, Orsino

Previously with CityShakes: Romeo, Romeo & Juliet; Bassanio, The Merchant of Venice. A south Florida native, but here by way of New York City, David has always possessed a passion for visual arts. Beginning his career behind the camera, David continues to write, direct and star in his own work. Outside the realm of film, Shakespeare remains his home away from home and he is incredibly grateful to CityShakes for giving him the opportunity to perform.

Colin MartinColin Martin – Technical Director, Sir Toby Belch

Previously with CityShakes: Petruchio, Shrew ; Jaques, As You Like It ; Macbeth, Macbeth. Colin is an actor, musician and visual artist who comes from a large family of artists, writers  singers, and actors. Born and raised in Southern California, he has devoted most of his life to the study of theatre; acting on stage and in film, as well as working in the administrative areas of stage production. He was a founding member of the American Russian Theatre Ensemble Laboratory (ARTEL), and a co-founder  of Racer Theatrical whose main objective was to bring live performance to the artistically under-served in LA. In 2011, he was nominated for an Elly award for his performance of Iago in ARC’s production of Othello, and in 2012 he received special recognition in the VC Star for his portrayal of Hamlet in The California Shakespeare Company‘s production of the play.  Having somewhat of an obsession with Shakespeare, it is such a luxury to be involved with the immensely talented group of artistic visionaries that make up CityShakes.

Megan RubleMegan Ruble – Antonia

Previously with CityShakes: Juliet, Romeo & Juliet; Jessica, The Merchant of Venice. Megan is ecstatic to be working with City Shakes on this hilarious show! She keeps herself busy acting, singing and frolicking around LA. Honored to be a UC Irvine graduate, humbled to be related to my incredibly supportive family, and full love for Travis Morse who keeps her sane. Keep in touch: Psalm 59:16

thomas_anawaltThomas Anawalt – Malvolio

Thomas recently played Leonid Gaev in CityShakes’ Emerging Director Program Production of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. He currently is understudying the role of Ferdinand in The Tempest at A Noise Within. At USC: Our Town (dir. Cameron Watson), Trojan Women (dir. David Bridel), Tartuffe (dir. Andy Robinson), and The Taming of the Shrew (dir. Lisa Wolpe). NYC: Follow Me Down, The Flea; Trees Like Nails, NY Fringe. DC: The Disappearance of Jonah, Capital Fringe. M.F.A. in Acting, University of Southern California.

Ben Horwitz – Sir Andrew Aguecheek

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 3.18.46 PMDeborah Jensen – Maria

This is Deborah’s first show with CityShakes. Deborah Jensen believes theatre has the power to turn sadness into laughter, hatred into understanding, and ignorance into wisdom.  Whether we are on the stage or in the audience, we are are participating in a shared experience that can be very profound.  Having already had the pleasure of working with Allison Volk on the world premier of Rite of Seymour with Drive Theatre; Deborah is very happy to be working on this production with CityShakes, a company that is filled with individuals who believe in what they create.

nathaniel_meekNathaniel Meek – Sebastian

This is Nathaniel’s first show with CityShakes. Previously: SpeakEasy Theater: Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other theater: The Quibbling Siblings (CCPT) Blank (The Complex), Merlin (Theatricum Botanicum), Quixotic, The Water Engine, The Distance From Here (West Coast Premiere) (LA Theater Ensemble), Fat Pig (Geffen Playhouse), Autobahn, The Devil And Billy Markham (UCLA Live), The Laramie Project (Pisces Moon). Film: Dark Eden, Dark Eden 2. Old Friends. He recently appeared in La Traviata at the LA Opera with Placido Domingo and can be seen in the series The Call Room and the feature film The Shoot slated to hit festivals in 2015.


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