Missouri Shakespeare Festival performance underway at MSSU this - KOAM TV 7

Missouri Shakespeare Festival performance underway at MSSU this week

 A Missouri Shakespeare Festival performance at Missouri Southern State University aims to bring innovative Shakespeare to the Four States area.

In its second season, the group is performing an updated version of the comedy "Twelfth Night," with a 'Gatsby-esque' or 1920's feel.

The main plot is Viola comes to Illyria and she dresses like a man in order to serve the Duke.

Several mis-identity issues arise involving her brother Sebastian.

Directors say the classics are still relevant today.

"Shakespeare still has something to say," said Matt Scott Campbell, actor and director of the play.  "He's contributed so much to our English language that we're completely unaware of.  Things he is talking about still happen.  We still fall in love and there's still frivolity, craziness and there is all this wonderful attitude that he incorporates.  While he may be a classic, he is still new and he is still relevant."

The 97 minute long play is without intermission and set in a round theater, so all entrances become part of the set.

"Twelfth Night" will be performed Thursday through Saturday of this week at MSSU. 
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