The American Shakespeare Center Brings Twelfth Night to Manhattan College on Oct. 12

The ASC’s Tempt Me Further tour to perform a classic play by Shakespeare on campus.

From the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va., the American Shakespeare Center’s traveling troupe will bring Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night to life on Friday, Oct. 12, on the stage of Manhattan College’s Smith Auditorium.

Twelfth Night is the feast of the Epiphany and is marked with celebrating, merrymaking and madcap behavior,” says guest director John Basil. “Everything is upside down in Twelfth Night and mistaken identity is common in the world.”

The play, a kickoff to the College’s annual Family Weekend, will start at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), and families and the community are invited to attend the play. Admission to the performance is free for students and their parents with a valid student ID, and $5 for the outside community.

Leading up to the performance, Ralph Alan Cohen, director of mission and co-founder of the American Shakespeare Center, will deliver a lecture entitled Shakespeare Directs from the Tavern on Sept. 24 at 4:30 p.m. in Hayden 100. Cohen is also the Gonder Professor of Shakespeare and Performance at Mary Baldwin College’s Master of Letters and Fine Arts program.

The Manhattan College School of Arts and English department are sponsoring the performance of Twelfth Night. For questions regarding the performance, please contact Brian Chalk, Ph.D., assistant professor of English by email at

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