Set in Illyria, the play uses mistaken identity as the source of its humor. Viola, the lead character, finds herself in a sticky situation after she shipwrecks on the shores of Illyria. She masquerades as Cesario and becomes a servant to Duke Orsino, who is in love with Lady Olivia. When Orsino sends Cesario to tell Olivia of his love for her, however, Lady Olivia falls in love with Cesario, believing he is a man. Meanwhile, Cesario begins to fall for Orsino, creating a classic love triangle. The story becomes even more complicated when Viola’s brother, Sebastian–whom she believes is dead–shows up and woos Olivia. The comical subplot of the play adds even more twists to this web of romantic adventure, intensifying this clever comedy.
The play was directed by Allen O’Reilly with Georgia Shakespeare, the professional theater-in-residence at Oglethorpe University.
Twelfth Night ran April 8-10 in the Conant Performing Arts Center, and was the last play of the 2010 season.