Gannon University’s Schuster Theatre Presents “Twelfth Night”
Posted: December 3, 2015
"Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit," says Feste the jester
in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," and 414 years after it was
written, the comedy of mistaken identity, and gender politics still
packs a witty punch of tomfoolery.
The Rev. Shawn Clerkin, who will direct the production at Gannon
University's Schuster Theatre this week, can experience that
first-hand. He'll take the role of Sir Toby Belch for which, he
says, "an actor can belch on cue, which is marvelous."
But Clerkin's long experience with the play (he appeared as
Malvolio as a Gannon University student in 1984) and with life has
given him a deeper perspective on all the fun and games.
"My taste in Shakespeare has changed," Clerkin said. For all its
witty foolishness, "Twelfth Night," he said, "has a dark edge with
plenty of manipulation and comic cruelty."
This is Clerkin's first time directing "Twelfth Night," and to
accommodate a rehearsal period shortened by the extensive run of
Gannon's "Fright Night" plays, he has mad an adaptation of the
script. "I wanted to make it shorter, get rid of jokes that aren't
funny and bring some characters together," he said.
Clerkin's 11-character version can be seen Thursday-Saturday,
Dec. 3-5 and 10-12 at 8 p.m. with a Sunday matinee on Dec. 6 at 2
p.m. at the Schuster Theatre in Scottino Hall, 620 Sassafras St.
Admission is $7 or free with a Gannon University ID. For
reservations, call the Schuster Theatre Box Office at