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  1. Hannah Miyamoto
    June 30, 2017 @ 12:04 am

    Thank you, sir, for coming to see our production of “Twelve Nights with Viola & Olivia.” Our workshop production does, indeed, reflect the slight resources–including rehearsal space and time–we had to produce a complicated play. That said, one might have mentioned that the script confronts many issues that literary critics have raised about gender and sexuality–including homosexuality–since Jeanette Foster (“Sex-Variant Women in Literature) in 1956, George Bernard Shaw in the 19th century and even Samuel Johnson in the 18th century. Moreover, unlike, say “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead” by Tom Stoppard, “Twelve Nights” does the whole thing in page after page of original Elizabethan-styled verse.

    The depth of research behind “Twelve Nights” is illustrated in my 2005 thesis for my M.S. in Women’s Studies, “Exploring the Genealogy of Proto-Lesbian Desire in Britain through Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and a Contemporary Adaptation.” Email [email protected] to request my thesis in PDF format.

    This special Fringe-length version of “Twelve Nights” will be performed one more time on Saturday, at 2:30 p.m. at Rosewood Five Studios, 1150 7th Ave., downtown San Diego.

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