Northwest NEWS

August 6, 2001


Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night' at McCormick Park

by Carolyn Butler
   DUVALL - Arts Onstage in the Park presents Last Leaf Production's "Twelfth Night" in Duvall's scenic McCormick Park on Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m. In this carnivalesque comedy, Shakespeare has created an upside-down world where customary practices are relaxed and misrule is sovereign.
   "Twelfth Night" or "What You Will" is the only play for which Shakespeare introduced a subtitle. Literary historians believe that the play's title refers to the spirit of abandon that surrounded renaissance Twelfth Night festivities in which the normal rules and order of life were suspended or even deliberately inverted.
   This same carnival spirit presides over Shakespeare's comedy as gender becomes a masquerade, aristocats fall in love with servants, and stewards entertain absurd delusions of grandeur.
   This free performance begins at 6:30 p.m. A city-sponsored shuttle provides access for anyone who may have difficulty walking to the park. This van is not wheelchair accessible. The shuttle departs from Duvall City Hall every half hour from 5:30 p.m. until the end of the concert and provides return service. McCormick Park is located at Main St. (Hwy. 203) and NE Stephens St. in Duvall. There is plenty of free public parking at the Metro Park and Ride just north of the park. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and come early to stake out a prime spot.
   In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Cedarcrest Performing Arts Center at 29000 NE 150th St. in Duvall.
   For more information, call (425) 788-2983 or visit