The Shakespeare Classic began in 1999, after Guthrie Director Joe Dowling honored longtime staff member Sheila Livingston and her husband Ken in establishing the Livingston Education Fund. In the years since, Sheila Livingston has passionately pursued the introduction of thousands of young people to a lifetime of enjoyment and enrichment as theatergoers. This year the Classic features Shakespeare's great comedy of mistaken identities, transformation and deception.
"I want to thank Joe Dowling for his great support for the Shakespeare Classic, and for his personal belief that theater has a transformative power," says Livingston. "Through theater my family and I have visited ancient Rome, Shakespeare's England and Puritan America. We have learned life lessons from the spirit of Cyrano de Bergerac, the courage of John Proctor in "The Crucible" and the eloquence of Portia in "The Merchant of Venice". Hopefully in "Twelfth Night" we will learn humanity from witnessing Malvolio's humiliation, as well as the power of love from Viola, Olivia, Sebastian and Orsino's adventures."
Tickets to the popular annual event are just $10 – all adults must be accompanied by a young person – and are available through the Guthrie Box Office at 612.377.2224, toll-free 877.44.STAGE. This event is not available for purchase online.