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Last Chance to See Union County’s Free Performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

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Union County’s final two free performances of the romantic comedy Twelfth Night are Friday, August 5 at Rahway River Park in Rahway, and Monday, August 8 at Oak Ridge Park in Clark – both performances begin at 7 p.m.

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to bring the final two free performances of the Shakespeare in the Park tour of Twelfth Night to Rahway River Park this Friday, August 7 at 7 p.m., and Oak Ridge Park in Clark on Monday, August 8 at 7 p.m. Admission is free to each of the performances.

Pack a picnic and bring a blanket or lawn chairs and head out to enjoy Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Next Stage Ensemble’s abridged 75-minute performance of this time-honored story of mistaken identities, bewildering desires, practical jokes, and bawdy merriment – all in the name of love.  

“This summer’s tour of Twelfth Night in our parks provides an opportunity for residents of all ages to experience the most remarkable storyteller the world has ever known,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen.

Set in the land of Illyria, Twelfth Night is one of William Shakespeare’s most riotous comedies. Disguises, mistaken identities, and the chaos of love take center stage as Viola washes ashore after her ship wrecks off the coast and, disguising herself as a boy for safety, is immediately embroiled in the clever and romantic schemes of the Duke and Olivia. At the same time, Olivia’s servants convince one of their own—Malvolio—that Olivia is in love with him. Viola’s twin brother, Sebastian, adds to the mix and confusion until a happy ending for most is attained.

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