Twelfth Night at Meow Wolf

Blog submitted by John Tollett

The Ducdame Ensemble of actors are in town to perform for the International Shakespeare Center's inaugural repertory season in Santa Fe. Nine Ducdame members traveled to Santa Fe from New York, Canada, and beyond, to perform Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at Meow Wolf, an amazing art gallery/collective/experience located in a former bowling alley, although once inside, you're totally convinced you're in a weird, two-story, Victorian house named House of Eternal Return. Ducdame created an immersive theater experience, with the audience following the actors from space to freaky space for different scenes of the play, eventually ending up in the performance stage area (an appropriately weird but inspiring space) that worked amazing well.

One thrilled audience member, Suzanne, wrote the following review:

I was lucky enough to have one day off my own rehearsal schedule to see TWELFTH NIGHT AT MEOW WOLF last night and I realized half-way through I was grinning like a loony as I watched Malvolio cavort in his cross-garters (the costume gives that phrase entirely ew meaning), poor Sir Andrew gulled, Sir Toby roaring, Maria plotting, Feste’s melancholy and eery singing (we followed him like a slightly sinister Pied Piper through the corridors of Meow Wolf from one staging location to another), dear Viola and Sebastian meeting at last, and - not meaning to give away secrets! - a performance by Olivia I shall never ever forget! It was exuberant, witty, understandable, deeply sensitive to the text, but with a trippingly comedic pulse - just enough shtick to make the audience laugh continually - to catch both the humor and the more-than-tingle-of-melancholy in this lovely comedy. Cheers to the entire cast - if I singled them out for praise I’d list ‘em all anyway. It will be a performance I’ll always remember. Bravo cast and Bravo dear Captain Karp (in-joke, that) for another lovely show!
Congratulations to the lot of you!

The Ducdame Ensemble's performance of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night was not only a sellout, it received a robust standing ovation. Later that night, back at the International Shakespeare Center Santa Fe headquarters, the members of the ensemble gathered for several toasts and merriment ensued.

Left side, clockwise from top: Alexander Kirby, Isabel Karp (stage manager), Samantha Blinn, Kelly Strandemo, Sean Boyd. Right side, from the top: Michael J. Connolly, Will McKay, Ariana Karp, Nicholas Koy Santillo.

Left side, clockwise from top: Alexander Kirby, Isabel Karp (stage manager), Samantha Blinn, Kelly Strandemo, Sean Boyd.
Right side, from the top: Michael J. Connolly, Will McKay, Ariana Karp, Nicholas Koy Santillo.

The Cast of Twelfth Night: