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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: It was a dark and stormy night. Not in Forest Park -- puffy pink clouds and low 70s made this a perfect evening. But on the “Twelfth Night” stage. 

A ship capsizes. Twins Viola and Sebastian lose each other, each believing the other dies. After violent waters pull Viola to the shores of Illyria, she pretends to be a man, takes the name “Cesario” and enters into the employ of Duke Orsino.

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Each spring, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis transforms an area of Forest Park just east of Art Hill into an outdoor Shakespearean theatre and provides St. Louis audiences with an entire evening of activities related to one masterpiece by The Bard.  This year’s offering is Twelfth Night.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Does the fact that it’s season 13 bode well for for Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ “Twelfth Night?”

We’ll know more after the play opens May 24 in Forest Park, but it’s already clear this year’s production is a lucky one for a local orchestra ensemble. Shakespeare Festival chose the oddly named “The Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra” to compose original music for the Shakespeare classic.

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Each Spring, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis stages a play by the Bard in an area of Forest Park just east of the St. Louis Art Museum.  This year, the production is Twelfth Night which will run nightly except Tuesdays from May 24 through June 16. But before rehearsals for the main event even begin, the organization is active with pre-season offerings.

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Brittany Jordan was a sophomore at Fort Zumwalt West High School when she was blindsided by bullies.

Browsing online, Jordan stumbled upon a MySpace page dedicated to her humiliation. The posts called her “fat,” “slut” and “skank.” “The world would be better off without you,” another read. She was horrified to see her face pasted above naked bodies. Then she saw something that hurt even more.

“Some of my friends were ‘friends’ with that page and they were ‘liking’ the pictures,” Jordan says.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 14, 2012 - If only Othello and Desdemona had cell phones and anger management classes, perhaps their marriage -- and their lives -- wouldn’t have ended so badly.

“Why does Cassio have handkerchief I gave u?” Othello might have texted his wife instead of believing this guy named Iago, who told Othello that Desdemona gave it to Othello’s lieutenant, herself.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 23, 2012 - If you’re intimidated by Shakespeare’s language, twisted plots and numerous characters, “Othello” offers the ideal opportunity to bond with the Bard.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 5, 2011 - "Jaw-dropping" and "eye-opening" are how St. Louis Shakespeare Festival executive director Rick Dildine describes his recent visit to China for an international theater conference.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 22, 2011 - Slowly but with magnificent assurance June can call itself Festival Month in St. Louis, and if the promotional powers that be in this region need something to ballyhoo nationally and internationally, our schedule of festivals is certainly worthy of a quite honest and unequivocal presentation.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 15, 2011 - When Shakespeare Festival Executive Director Rick Dildine interviews prospective interns, he asks applicants to tell him what they want to learn from the program.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 9, 2010 - Jim Butz is Hamlet, Rob Krakovski is the Ghost and Deanne Lorette is Gertrude in Forest Park this spring.

After 10 years of free outdoor performances of the Bard’s work, the St. Louis Shakespeare Festival wanted to celebrate big. Knowing that “the play’s the thing,” the Festival chose “Hamlet,” the world’s most famous stage production, according to new executive director Rick Dildine, to kick off the organization's second decade.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 22, 2009 - The Shakespeare Festival has announced internal restructuring that includes the resignation of artistic director Dawn McAndrews and a nationwide search to fill a newly created executive director position. The Festival will not seek a replacement artistic director.

St. Louis Shakespeare will produce 'Merry Wives'

Jun 16, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 16, 2008 - Falstaff will be on tap in the spring of 2009 in Forest Park.

Not the historic St. Louis brew, but the Shakespeare's humorous Sir John Falstaff the main character in Shakespeare's rollicking comedy "The Merry Wives of Windsor."

Why we love Richard III

May 19, 2008
Left to right: Raphe Makarewicz, Cameron Davis and Andrew Borba, who plays the title character, will star in Shakespeare Festival St. Louis' production of Richard III in Forest Park. 2008 300 pxls
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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: He's terrible, really. A horror. He's as twisted on the outside as he is on the inside. Born a younger son to an ambitious politician, he hacks his way into power using the joint weapons of deception and fear. He aligns himself with clever but amoral men who do his bidding. He undermines the state. He is a nightmare.