Piccolo Returns to Its Commedia Roots with The Venetian Twins

unnamed (20)The Piccolo Theatre Ensemble explores devised staging and storytelling with The Venetian Twins, a collaborative commedia production that blends Renaissance and mid-century modern delights into a fresh look at a classic Italian artform.

Identical twins, raised separately and unaware of each other, arrive in a strange town seeking marriage. One is clever, witty, and self-assured, the other timid, shy, and foolish. Confusion becomes conflict as the twins and townspeople are thrown into chaos when cash, jewels, and declarations of love are delivered to the wrong people. Played with utter conviction and charm by the Piccolo Theatre Ensemble, the return of characters Beatrice, Brighella, Colombina, Dottore, and beloved Arlecchino are joined by others to fast-paced comic effect in this fresh, energetic production that shimmers with wit and surprise.

Cast includes: Caitlin Aase, Aly Grauer*, Claire Hart*, Max Hinders, Andy Huttel*, Nicole Keating*, David W.M. Kelch*, Andrew Koppelman, Quinn Leary, Drew Mierzejewski, Kurt Proepper*, Fiona Stephens, Nathan Thompson*, and Sean Wesslund. Creative team includes: David W.M. Kelch* and Nicole Keating* (Lead Devisors), Tabbi Koller* (Production Manager), Stephanie Neilitz* (Stage Manager), Chris Chapin (Assistant Stage Manager), Sarah Lewis* (Scenic Designer), Joshua D. Allard* (Costume Designer), Ruth Hudson (Lighting Designer), Aaron Quick* (Sound Designer), Claire Yearman (Fight Direction), and Lee Moore* (Props Designer).

The Venetian Twins previews March 20-22; opening March 27; performances run March 28 – May 9; all performances are Friday and Saturday at 8P and Sunday at 3pm. Ticket prices include: $27 (regular), $23 (senior), $15 (student / industry), and $11 (kids ages 2-10); $70 Family PAK (2 adults, 2 kids). Group pricing available. For tickets and more information, call the Box Office at (847) 424-0089 TuesdayFriday from 10AM-5PM, or visit www.piccolotheatre.com.

Members of the Press are guaranteed 2 tickets to any performance March 27-May 9, subject to ticket availability. We invite you to attend our opening night performance on Friday, March 27 at 8pm. Please contact Joshua D. Allard to reserve your seats.