Directed by Bex Ehrmann
Original music composed by Elizabeth Rentfro and Alex Mauney,
with additional arrangements by Jack Morsovillo
December 1 – December 18, 2022
Midsommer Flight’s Twelfth Night returns in a joyously queer staging. Shakespeare was queering the narrative before that term even existed. So it makes sense that Midsommer Flight’s seventh annual production of Twelfth Night at the Lincoln Park Conservatory goes all-in on genderqueer playfulness this year. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
– Kerry Reid, Chicago Reader, 12.07.2022
Midsommer Flight, the little company that loves putting on quality free—or pay-what-you-can—Shakespeare for the enjoyment of the masses, has returned with its annual production of the Bard’s Twelfth Night, staged as always at the Lincoln Park Conservatory. And, as always, the patrons in the Conservatory’s Show Room are treated to a rollicking good time by a cast of talented performers having the times of their lives…. Every one of the actors in this company provides wonderful and memorable interpretations of their classic roles. …This year’s version of Twelfth Night is a night full of laughter, mistaken identity, and lovely music, set among the plants and flowers of the conservatory. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
– Karen Topham, Chicago OnStage, 12.04.2022
This is not your grandfather’s Twelfth Night. Teaching director Bex Ehrmann, who created this production, said it is “queering the Bard in an effort to tell a more expansive story.” The cast includes trans and non-binary actors, and the final plot twist in this adaptation underscores Ehrmann’s statement. … The hijinks are carried off well by a strong cast. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
– Bob Benenson, Third Coast Review, 12.05.2022
Every member of the Midsommer Flight troupe is a superb actor, dancer, and singer. … The crew is just as superb. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
– Sarz Maxwell, Buzznews.net, 12.07.2022
Photo credit: Tom McGrath, TCMcG Photography
Cast and Production Staff
Top row L-R: Rusty Allen, Laurel S. Barrett, John Drea, Becca Duff.
Second row L-R: Courtney Feiler, Caleb Gibson, Rae Hamilton-Vargo.
Third row L-R: North Rory Homewood, Jessica Love, Ebby Offord*, Victoria Olivier.
Fourth row L-R: Travis Shanahan, Maddy Shilts, Noelle Simpson, Natalie Welber.
Bex Ehrmann (Director)
Jack Morsovillo (Music Director)
Jacob Shaffer (Stage Manager)
Charlie Baker (Intimacy Director), Bobby Bowman (Text Coach), Alyssa Mohn (Scenic and Props Designer), Cindy Moon (Costume Designer), Thomas Russell (Fight Director)
Original music composed by Alex Mauney and Elizabeth Rentfro.*
Additional music by Jack Morsovillo*, Becca Duff, Courtney Feiler, North Rory Homewood, Victoria Olivier, McKell Rae, Noelle Simpson, and Natalie Welber.
*denotes Midsommer Flight Ensemble Member
Midsommer Flight is partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, by a CityArts grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, by The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, and by the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation.