Friday, February 3, 2012

Elements Theatre Company Plans NY, PA Performances of Twelfth Night

A scene from Elements' Twelfth Night, courtesy of the company.
One of Shakespeare’s earliest, most effervescent comedies: Twelfth Night will be presented by Elements Theatre Company, Orleans, MA, for students at New York and Philadelphia schools this semester.

Set against a Mediterranean backdrop of sun, waves, and summer breezes, this production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night weaves a captivating and uproarious tale of mistaken identity, earnest social climbers, impulsive lovers and, above all, people passionately seeking to break free and make a new life for themselves. 

Tour performance schedule:
Thursday, Feb. 9 – Nyack College, Nyack, NY, 7:30 pm, Pardington Hall, 45 South Boulevard
Free Admission. Call 845-675-4420 for tickets to reserve seating. For directions visit:

Tuesday, Feb. 28 – Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia
SHOWS:   4 and 8 pm Bluett Theatre, Admission limited to SJU community
STUDENT WORKSHOPS 11:30 am; Organized by the Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation Studies Program.

Thursday, March 1 – College of Mount Saint Vincent, Riverdale, NY
SHOW:  4 pm Hayes Auditorium, 6301 Riverdale Ave. Riverdale, NY
Free Admission. For directions, visit

Elements Theatre Company is an ensemble of 16 actors who explore the vitality of the word and the deepest truths present in the text by storytelling with imagination, honesty, and authenticity in both classical and modern works. The transformative work to become the text with a new and fresh perspective – to inhabit another world and live another’s life – is both pleasure and privilege.

Their mission: Living honestly as a community in the rehearsal room provides a foundation of trust and dedication to this level of work and allows us to be available to the divine moment when inspiration, faithfulness, and love merge - transporting us beyond the familiar into something new.

Elements Theatre Company performs year-round in Orleans, MA, and tours regularly, presenting workshops and performing at conferences, schools and churches. 

Danielle Dwyer, CJ - Artistic Director has directed works from Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windemere’s Fan, Neil Simon’s Rumors, Anton Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard, and co-directed the New England premiere of the opera Pilgrim’s Progress by Ralph Vaughan Williams.  Recent roles include: Malvolio,Twelfth Night; Eleanor The Lion in Winter ; Mephistopheles, Doctor Faustus; Queen Elizabeth, Richard III; Lettice Douffet, Lettice and Lovage.

Dwyer earned her MAA from England’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the University of London. She trained with Joanna Weir at Central School of Speech and Drama, David Male of Cambridge University, and Shakespeare & Company.

For more details: contact Melody Edmonson at 508-255-3999 or Visit online at

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Lauren Yarger has written, directed and produced numerous shows and special events for both secular and Christian audiences. She co-wrote a Christian musical version of “A Christmas Carol” which played to sold-out audiences of over 3,000 in Vermont and was awarded the 2000 Vermont Bessie (theater and film awards) for “People’s Choice for Theatre.” She also has written two other dinner theaters, sketches for church services and devotions for Christian artists.

Yarger trained for three years in the Broadway League’s Producer Development Program, completed the Commercial Theater Institute's Producing Three-Day Training and produced a one-woman musical about Mary Magdalene that toured nationally and closed with an off-Broadway run.

In 2008 she was a Fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She writes reviews of Broadway and off-Broadway theater with a Christian perspective for Reflections in the Light ( and is editor of The Connecticut Arts Connection. She also is a contributing editor for

She also reviews books for Publisher's Weekly and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. She formerly was Connecticut theater editor for CurtainUp, a national theater web site bsed in New York and a reviewer for American Theater Web.

She also served as Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc. and worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

She is a freelance writer and member of the Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle, The American Theater Critics Association, The League of Professional Theatre Women and The CT Critics Circle.

A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Yarger lives with her husband in West Granby, CT and has two adult children.

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