Paco Tolson and Tina Chilip. Photo by Lia Chang

Paco Tolson, Tina Chilip, Noah Brody, Jessie Austrian, Ben Steinfeld and More in Fiasco’s TWELFTH NIGHT at CSC through January 6

Classic Stage Company is presenting Fiasco Theater’s Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare, for a limited engagement through Saturday, January 6  at CSC (136 East 13th Street). Twelfth Night began performances on November 29th and opened on December 14th. Click here for tickets.

TWELFTH NIGHT castmembers Ben Steinfeld, Paco Tolson, Jessie Austrian, Noah Brody, Tina Chilip, Paul L. Coffey, Emily Young. Not pictured: Andy Grotelueschen, David Samuel, Javier Ignacio
TWELFTH NIGHT castmembers Ben Steinfeld, Paco Tolson, Jessie Austrian, Noah Brody, Tina Chilip, Paul L. Coffey, Emily Young. Not pictured: Andy Grotelueschen, David Samuel, Javier Ignacio

Directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, the cast of Twelfth Night features Jessie Austrian (Olivia), Noah Brody (Orsino), Tina Chilip (Maria), Paul L. Coffey(Malvolio), Andy Grotelueschen (Sir Toby Belch), Javier Ignacio (Sebastian), David Samuel (Antonio), Ben Steinfeld (Feste), Paco Tolson (Sir Andrew Aguecheek) and Emily Young (Viola). The play featured scenic design by John Doyle, costume design by Emily Rebholz and lighting design by Ben Stanton.

Paco Tolson and Tina Chilip. Photo by Lia Chang
Paco Tolson and Tina Chilip. Photo by Lia Chang

Shipwrecked on the island of Illyria, Viola and her twin brother Sebastian are separated, each fearing the other lost to the sea. Viola disguises herself as a boy and wades into a complex romantic triangle with Duke Orsino and the Countess Olivia.

The cast of Fiasco Theater's Twelfth Night, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, at Classic Stage Company. (© Joan Marcus)
The cast of Fiasco Theater’s Twelfth Night, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, at Classic Stage Company. (© Joan Marcus)

What the critics are saying: 

“Full of the troupe’s signature traits…spirited musical interludes and a winningly prosaic way of delivering thickly poetic dialogue.” –The New York Times
“This is excellent gateway-drug Shakespeare, and I mean that as sincere praise.”
New York Magazine/Vulture.com
David Samuel, Tina Chilip, Andy Grotelueschen, and Paco Tolson appear in Twelfth Night at Classic Stage Company. (© Joan Marcus)
David Samuel, Tina Chilip, Andy Grotelueschen, and Paco Tolson appear in Twelfth Night at Classic Stage Company. (© Joan Marcus)
“Joy, fun and exuberant flair mark this new Twelfth Night.”-Huffington Post
Jessie Austrian plays Olivia, and Emily Young plays Viola in Fiasco Theater's Twelfth Night.(© Joan Marcus)
Jessie Austrian plays Olivia, and Emily Young plays Viola in Fiasco Theater’s Twelfth Night.(© Joan Marcus)
“Visually appealing and brimming with musicality.” -TheaterMania
“Fiasco’s Twelfth Night is a skillful and joyous take on an old favorite.” –CurtainUp
David Samuel and Paco Tolson. Photo by Joan Marcus
David Samuel and Paco Tolson. Photo by Joan Marcus

FIASCO THEATER is an ensemble theater company created by graduates of the Brown University/Trinity Rep M.F.A. acting program. Past shows include Cymbeline(TFANA/Barrow Street), Into the Woods (Roundabout, Old Globe, McCarter, Menier Chocolate Factory, National Tour), Measure for Measure (New Victory/Long Wharf), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Folger/TFANA) and The Imaginary Invalid (Old Globe). Cymbeline was presented Off-Broadway twice, for nearly 200 performances, and was honored with the 2012 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for best revival. Into the Woods garnered the 2015 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Revival. Every year, Fiasco offers the Free Training Initiative-a three-week, conservatory-level classical acting intensive for professional actors, completely free of charge to students. Fiasco has been in residence with Duke University, Marquette University, LSU, and NYU-Gallatin. Their work has been developed at the Sundance Theatre Lab, the Orchard Project, SPACE at Ryder Farm (upcoming) and the Shakespeare Society, and Fiasco has led master classes at Brown University and NYU.

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Lia Chang, Paco Tolson, Tina Chilip. Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Paco Tolson, Tina Chilip. Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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