"If music be the food of love, play on!" - Duke Orsino, Twelfth Night
Quite possibly the most eligible bachelor in Illyria - the deeply passionate, extravagant, and a bit eccentric Duke Orsino is the cornerstone for all the action of Twelfth Night.
His dire need to woo Olivia and his obliviousness towards his servant Cesario's love for him sets our most wonderful love triangle in motion.
Today, we'd like to introduce you to our lovelorn Duke, Victor Albaum*. It's a special treat to have Victor back with Classics on the Rocks this season as he was a part of our very first production ever - a staged reading of Twelfth Night in which he played Sir Andrew Aguechek. We are thrilled to have him back and get his take on this fabulous Duke.
Name: Victor Albaum
What character do you play in Twelfth Night?
Where are you originally from?
Los Angeles, CA
When you're not onstage, what can you be found doing?
Spending quality time with my fiancé Chris and friends, reading a plethora of news articles, and enjoying a delicious meal!
What intrigues you most about Shakespeare?
His ability to write plays that continue to resonate even today.
What character is on your Shakespeare "bucket list" to play?
Brutus, He's a very complex historical figure, who I would love to explore through Shakespeare's lens.
Favorite Shakespearean quote:
"Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin, as self-neglecting."
— Dauphin in Henry V
Twelfth Night is a classic tale of twins shipwrecked and separated in a foreign land. Both assuming the other has perished - search for a way to survive in this strange new world. In doing so, they find themselves quickly caught up in the shenanigans of a world filled with clowns, pirates, and lovers.
Twelfth Night performs July 14, 15, 21, 22 at 7pm and July 23 at 5pm at the Alchemical Theatre Laboratory. Tickets may be purchased in advance here.
About Classics on the Rocks:
At Classics on the Rocks, we believe that just as whiskey doesn't need anything more than rocks to tame it's bite. Shakespeare doesn't need fancy concepts, modernizations, frilly costumes, or big sets to make it relatable. All you need are talented actors who trust the text and tell the story. It's classics served simply on the rocks.
Twelfth Night is an Equity approved Showcase. Actors indicated with a * are appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association