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Friday, August 3, 2012

Arts After Hours brings Shakespeare to Lynn Woods


Arts After Hours will present the 1st Annual Shakespeare in Lynn Woods with a production of Twelfth Night August 9-19, 2012 at Lynn Woods Pennybrook Road off of Walnut Street in Lynn, MA. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students/seniors. Add a picnic from the Walnut Street CafĂ© for just $10. For show times, ticket information, and directions please visit http://artsafterhours.com or call the box office at 781-205-4010. The show’s content is considered PG.

Lynn Woods Rose Garden and Ampitheatre lend themselves beautifully to the world of Twelfth Night. From Olivia’s palace, set in the Rose Garden to Orsino’s manor in the hills beyond the Ampitheatre, the woods provide a backdrop of timeless beauty. The audience will get to enjoy many of nature’s treasures while experiencing a 90-minute version of Shakespeare’s classic, Twelfth Night. Guided place to place by Feste, all knowing in every way, even beyond the fourth wall and set in the Victorian era, this production will explore a world at its simplest - a non-digital world where human connection and relationship are paramount.

This marks Arts After Hour’s first collaboration with Thomas Martin, current student in Boston University’s Masters program for Directing. “Arts After Hours is one of the most exciting theatre companies I have come across in quite some time,” says Director Thomas Martin.  “It is one thing to bring theatre to an underrepresented area, but Arts After Hours goes above and beyond that impressive goal as they work to transform and excite an entire community. As a theatre artist, I cannot imagine a better place to come and play!”

Thomas Martin brings a wealth of knowledge in both Shakespeare and directing and is working with Lynn native, Rye Gentleman (Dramaturg and Assistant Director) to bring this story to life in a way even first timers to Shakespeare will love. The production will feature full Victorian costumes, props, and furnishings as well as original compositions by Gina Naggar which will be performed by live musicians throughout the woods. “We wanted a play that would let us tell a story of love, humor and beauty, while we explored the natural beauty that is Lynn Woods”, says Martin. “Shakespeare's Twelfth Night affords us that exact opportunity.  Please, join us as we follow foolish lovers, and loveable fools through some of Lynn Woods' most beautiful and accessible locations.”

The phenomenal cast features many new faces at Arts After Hours including Carly Waldman (Viola), Eric Hamel (Orsino), Cassandra Meyer (Olivia), Andrew Winson (Malvolio), Meredith Stypinski (Maria), Jason Myatt (Sir Toby Belch), Mathias Goldstein (Sir Andrew Aguecheek), Alan White (Feste), Danny Belford (Sebastian), Janelle Mills (Curio), Michael Barry (Fabian), Zack Murphy (Antonio). “We had so much incredible talent come out for this production,” says Corey Jackson, Arts After Hour’s Artistic Director. “There is a real excitement about both the play itself and the process of creating a world outside the confines of the theatre.”

Parking is available at Lynn Woods Pennybrook Road entrance. There will be attendants and a box office setup at the entrance for ticket and picnic pickup. Arts After Hours staff will guide you from there for your complete Shakespeare in Lynn Woods experience. There will be a moderate amount of standing and walking from place to place for the audience. For those audience members enjoying a picnic with us, you will pick up your picnic at the box office up to 1 hour prior to show time and our ushers will guide you to the picnic area. Please bring blanket and/or chair for your picnic comfort.

For more information, the public can contact Arts After Hours by emailing info@artsafterhours.com or by calling our Box Office at 781-205-4010.

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