"I was adored once." - Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Twelfth Night
While Sir Andrew may only have been adored once - Patrick Taaffe is absolutely adored by many. Patrick has been an active member of Classics on the Rocks since it's very beginning playing a wide range of roles from Charles the Wrestler and Corin the farmer in As You Like It, to the comedic Prince of Arragon in Merchant of Venice, to the dramatic and commanding Antony in Julius Caesar. We are thrilled to have his comedic chops back at it again this year as the good-hearted, naive, and a bit dopey Sir Andrew Aguecheek.
Get Patrick's take on Twelfth Night and the brilliant bard below!
Name: Patrick Taaffe
What character do you play in Twelfth Night?
Sir Andrew Aguecheek
Where are you originally from?
When you're not onstage, what can you be found doing?
Running along the Hoboken waterfront so that the 2017 NYC marathon will hopefully be less of a slog!
What intrigues you most about Shakespeare?
His incredible wisdom about human nature.
What character is on your Shakespeare "bucket list" to play?
There are just so many great characters in Shakespeare... whatever role I take next.
Favorite Shakespearean quote:
"Where are these lads? Where are these hearts?" - Bottom, Midsummer Night's Dream
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:
Shakespeare doesn't have to be complicated and it's our mission at Classics on the Rocks to make classical theatre accessible, exciting, palatable, and fun for everyone - whether you're brand new to Shakespeare or have read the canon cover to cover.
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.