Twelfth Night, or What You Will

Pig Iron Theatre Company

2009
$150,000

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Pig Iron Theatre Company's Twelfth Night, or What You Will. Photo by JJ Tiziou.

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Pig Iron Theatre Company's Twelfth Night, or What You Will. Photo by JJ Tiziou.

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Pig Iron Theatre Company's Twelfth Night, or What You Will. Photo by JJ Tiziou.

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Pig Iron Theatre Company's Twelfth Night, or What You Will. Photo by JJ Tiziou.

Pig Iron Theatre Company undertook an investigation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, leading to a fully-staged production of the play in 2011 at the FringeArts Festival. This project marked the largest undertaking in Pig Iron's history. Riotous live music by Rosie Langabeer and a set by Maiko Matsushima, which included a skateboard ramp, contributed to what the Philadelphia Inquirer called "a wild rumpus of a show." Most performances sold out for the two-week run.

Twelfth Night was a major departure from Pig Iron's typical artistic work in that it did not grow from ensemble creation. Tackling Shakespeare, company members reported, was a way to try something they'd never before attempted and also to reach audiences who might not have been comfortable seeing an experimental theater group. Pig Iron members described their major artistic challenge as the creation of a piece "that was simultaneously recognizable as Shakespeare's play and as a Pig Iron production." In bringing Twelfth Night to life, they made every effort to maintain the eclectic and daring hallmarks of their ensemble-driven process.

Pig Iron's production of Twelfth Night will be remounted at FringeArts in late 2013.