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Cut & Paste: Identical twins make Puck twice as impish in this year’s Shakespeare Festival

“What fools these mortals be!” Puck famously utters in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

St. Louis audiences may be fooled in Shakespeare Festival St. Louis' production that lets the spritely Puck be two places at once.  The secret?  Puck is played by identical twins, Austin and Ryan Jacobs, transplants from Houston.

The brothers, who just graduated from Webster University, join us for our latest Cut & Past podcast to talk about sharing the role in the play and a childhood on the stage. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” opens Friday in Forest Park.

Here’s some of what you’ll hear in the podcast:

  • Austin Jacobs on their first stage role, in a version of “Alice in Wonderland”: “We were of course Tweedledee and Tweedledum — what else?”
  • Ryan Jacobs on avoiding being hokey on stage with the twin thing: “How can we use that to support the telling of the story rather than just being pyrotechnics that look cool?”
  • Austin? Ryan? (We couldn't always keep up!) On what surprised them most about St. Louis: “There’s so much support for the arts here. It’s kind of amazing.”
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Nancy is a veteran journalist whose career spans television, radio, print and online media. Her passions include the arts and social justice, and she particularly delights in the stories of people living and working in that intersection.

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