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Twelfth Night or What You will by Seattle Shakespeare Company

Elizabethan Rom Com

Seattle Shakespeare Company opened William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy Twelfth Night, directed by Jon Kretzu at Seattle Center, lasts Thursday. The twelfth night in Shakespeare’s time was the Feast of Epiphany, January 6th, which was the twelfth day after Christmas. In those days, Advent was a time of fasting and reflection, much like pre-Vatican II Lent, so the “good times rolled” between Christmas and Epiphany. On Epiphany, (sometimes called the Festival of Fools) there was a lot of mischief, with servants dressing as masters and masters as servants, and a general carnival atmosphere.

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