Event Date Details:
- UCSB Commencement Green
- Performance Checklist
- NAKED SHAKES
a NAKED SHAKES production
by William Shakespeare directed by Irwin Appel
A delightfully comic tale of mistaken identities, Twelfth Night revolves around the physical likeness between Sebastian and his twin sister, Viola, each of whom, when separated after a shipwreck, believes the other to be dead. Staged outside at UCSB Commencement Green, in front of the lagoon - Twelfth Night takes on a new life carried on by students from the NAKED SHAKES summer class.
William Shakespeare (bapt. 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English playwright, poet, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's greatest dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "the Bard"). His extant works, including collaborations, consist of some 39 plays, 154 sonnets, three long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. They also continue to be studied and reinterpreted.
Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three children: Susanna and twins Hamnet and Judith. Sometime between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part-owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. At age 49 (around 1613), he appears to have retired to Stratford, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive; this has stimulated considerable speculation about such matters as his physical appearance, his sexuality, his religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.
Shakespeare produced most of his known works between 1589 and 1613. His early plays were primarily comedies and histories and are regarded as some of the best work produced in these genres. He then wrote mainly tragedies until 1608, among them Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth, all considered to be among the finest works in the English language. In the last phase of his life, he wrote tragicomedies (also known as romances) and collaborated with other playwrights.
Many of Shakespeare's plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy in his lifetime. However, in 1623, two fellow actors and friends of Shakespeare's, John Heminges and Henry Condell, published a more definitive text known as the First Folio, a posthumous collected edition of Shakespeare's dramatic works that included all but two of his plays. The volume was prefaced with a poem by Ben Jonson, in which Jonson presciently hailed Shakespeare in a now-famous quote as "not of an age, but for all time".
Irwin Appel (Director) is Professor of Theater and Director of the BFA Actor Training Program at UCSB. He is also a professional director, Equity actor and composer/sound designer, and has performed with Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Shakespeare Festival/LA, the New York, Oregon, Utah, and Colorado Shakespeare Festivals, The Acting Company, Theatre For a New Audience, Hartford Stage, Indiana Repertory Theatre, and other prominent regional theaters. Acting roles include: Prospero in The Tempest, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Falstaff in Merry Wives of Windsor, Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, Kent in King Lear, Macbeth in Kabuki Macbeth, , Matt in Talley's Folly and the Emperor in a world premiere of Emperor's New Clothes.
Since arriving in Santa Barbara, he played the title role in Richard III, Stage Manager in Our Town, DeVere inThe Beard of Avon, Frank in Molly Sweeney, Duke Senior and Duke Frederick in As You Like It, and won Santa Barbara Independent Awards for his portrayals of Oscar Wilde in Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and the title role in Theater Artists Group's Timon of Athens. Most recently, at the Colorado New Play Summit at the Denver Center of the Performing Arts, he played Aunt Chuck inAppoggiatura by James Still and directed by Department Chair Risa Brainin, a role he originally played in the LAUNCH PAD production at UCSB.
He is also artistic director of NAKED SHAKES, producing award-winning Shakespearean productions at UCSB and traveling to downtown Santa Barbara and Los Angeles since 2006. Directing credits at many theaters include: Equivocation, Macbeth, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Merchant of Venice, Anowa, Hamlet (SB Indy Award), Measure for Measure, Romeo and Juliet, Rabbit Hole, Twelfth Night, The Winter's Tale (SB Indy Award), Seagull, The Tempest, Angels in America, Three Sisters, Comedy of Errors, Pentecost, A View from the Bridge (SB Indy Award), The Cherry Orchard, Speed-the-Plow, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Crucible, The Countess, Madwoman of Chaillot, Sylvia, Much Ado About Nothing and the world premiere of Brown Baby (SB Indy Award for his sound design). He also directed twice for the National Theatre Conservatory at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
He has also served as composer/sound designer for the Oregon and New Jersey Shakespeare Festivals, PCPA, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Ensemble Theatre, Pan Asian Repertory, Indiana Repertory, and other regional and local theaters. Most recently, he served as composer/sound designer for a co-production of Other Desert Cities at Arizona Theatre Company and Indiana Repertory Theatre. He is a graduate of Princeton University and the Juilliard School.
Read about Professor Appel's groundbreaking Shakespeare course with Associate Professor of English James Kearney here.
- Fill out COVID-19 screening survey
- Bring your own chair or a blanket
- Bring a hat, sunglasses, SPF cream
- Bring a jacket in case it gets cold at the lagoon
- NO ALCOHOL
- NO PETS
- SNACKS AND DRINKS WELCOME
- PLEASE STAY 6 FEET APART FROM OTHERS
- MASKS ON PLEASE
To download the Twelfth Night program, please click HERE.
To view the program online, please click on program image page below.
Join the UCSB Department of Theater and Dance for this bright and lively show that is sure to be a joyous celebration of the return of live theater.
photo by David Bazemore
photo by David Bazemore
photo by David Bazemore
photo by David Bazemore
WHAT WE NEED YOU TO DO:
COVID COMPLIANCE SURVEY → the QR code for the survey is listed below. Please complete the survey before you arrive at the venue. If this isn’t possible for any reason, the codes will also be present at the theater. Please ask a House Manager if you have any trouble with this.
MASK UP → Although the performance is outside, to ensure everyone’s safety we ask that you please keep your masks on when not eating or drinking.
NO ALCOHOL → While food and drinks are welcome, we ask that you do not bring or consume any alcohol, or you may be asked to leave the show.
NO PETS → Although the performance is outside, we ask that all pets stay at home. Any animals that are not service animals will need to be removed from the premises should you decide to bring them.
SEATING → Because the show is outdoors by the lagoon, we ask that you bring your own blankets, cushions, chairs, or other seating of your choice. We will have blankets for sale at the venue as well.
WHAT WE WILL DO TO ENSURE SAFETY:
SOCIAL DISTANCING → in order to provide the most ventilated and socially distanced environment, the performance will take place outside and guests will be distanced by group.
DIGITAL PROGRAM → programs and cast information will be accessible via QR code to minimize interpersonal contact. If you do not have access to a phone, ask a House Manager for a physical copy.
COVID PROTOCOLS → The policies listed above that we ask all of our patrons to follow help us to ensure the safety of everyone.
The performance is taking place outside, in front of the lagoon where usually Commencement takes place. Google maps directions are available HERE.
You can park at parking lots P22 or P23. All vehicles parked on campus must display a valid campus parking permit, or be parked at a paid-for meter. For more information about parking, please click HERE.