Remember the 1980s when Shakespeare dropped in on a dive bar in downtown Manhattan? You don’t?! Well then, listen to this playlist to hear what inspired the original music you’ll hear when the DJ spins and the divas sing in Club ILLYRIA.
Illyria, or What You Will, freely adapted from Twelfth Night by Jonelle Walker and Mitchell Hébert, directed by Mitchell Hébert. October 18 to November 18, 2018 at Gunston Arts Center.
Illyria reimagines Shakespeare’s crossed-signal love story in a downtown Manhattan ’80s dive bar, whose habitués are club kids of assorted genders and orientations who have come to the one place where they can be who they are. Walker’s play TAME., a feminist take on The Taming of the Shrew, was produced by Avant Bard in 2016 and received a Helen Hayes Award nomination. Hébert has received Helen Hayes Awards for both acting (After the Fall) and directing (Glengarry Glen Ross) in addition to other nominations as an actor and director.