By Robert Abare


Davidson College invites the public to a journey of mistaken identity and reclaimed love in one of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, “Twelfth Night.”

“Twelfth Night” follows the story of maiden Viola, who finds herself shipwrecked onto the shores of Illyria. Separated from her twin brother, Viola disguises herself as a young man to enter the service of Duke Orsino, which results in a gender-bending love triangle.

“’Twelfth Night’ is an excellent Shakespeare comedy because it’s colorful, watchable, full of action, and just plain fun,” Director Steve Umberger said.

Umberger manages the Festival Stage Theatre Company in Winston-Salem. His last production at Davidson was “Communicating Doors” in 2008.

“I think the play will also be very accessible to a Davidson audience because it concerns young love and mistaken identity,” he said.

Kara Copeland, who will play the lead role of Viola, expressed enthusiasm for the production.

“I’m in love with my character, which is both delightful and scary in a way because many of the characters in the play also fall in love with her,” she said. “As an actress, I feel the obligation to make her appeal seem real.”

The unrequited love results in part from the fact that Viola is disguised as the opposite gender for most of the play.

“I’ve been practicing my manly walk,” she quipped. “The director told me to start watching men’s posture around campus.”

The Davidson College theater department presents “Twelfth Night” at 8 p.m. Oct. 25-16, 2 p.m. Oct. 27, 8:15 p.m. Nov. 1 and 8 p.m. Nov. 2 in the Duke Family Performance Hall. Tickets cost $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors, $10 for faculty/staff and $6 for students. Buy them by calling 704-894-2135 or visiting


Robert Abare works in Davidson College’s media relations department.