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Twelfth Night
by William Shakespeare

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In Shakespeare's most renowned comedy, disguises, mistaken identities, and the chaos of love take centre 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 amorous machinations of Orsino and Olivia. While 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 resolution for most is attained.

In our third year of Shakespeare in the Park, the gardens of Palais Pötzleinsdorf will be transformed into the rugged sea coast of Illyria. Again, we will present the play in both English and German on alternating nights and with the same cast. Come along and enjoy the finale of our third season in the stunning surroundings of Palais Pötzleinsdorf.

Performances in English on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
Vorstellungen in deutscher Sprache mittwochs & freitags

Performances Tuesday-Saturday from July 14 - August 15, 2015

Curtain 7:30pm

Ticket Sale starts June 01, 2015

Gardens of Schloss Pötzleinsdorf

Geymüllergasse 1
1180 Wien

Public Transport

The venue is located in the grounds of Schloss Pötzleinsdorf, which also houses the Rudolf-Steiner-Schule Pötzleinsdorf.

* Take the Tram 41 (connected through U6 at stop "Währinger Straße" or S45 at stop "Gersthof") to the final stop "Pötzleinsdorf"; continue on foot up Geymüllergasse (approx. 5min) and turn left into the car park.
* There is also ample free parking directly in front of the palais!

Cast

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Orsino
Tom Middler

Tom's training at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro finished in 2010, and he graduated from the University of Wales in 2011, before having a successful run in "A Rotten Little Story" at the Edinburgh Festival. His next role was Jeremy, in the BBC2 film Little Man, before heading to Austria to play Jason in "Disconnected", and later Hyde in "Jekyll's Potion" (Vienna's English Theatre).

Back in the UK Tom's credits include Christopher Morcom in the premiere of "To Kill A Machine", Ensemble in a Welsh language production of "Miss Julie" and Prince Charming in "Cinderella". Tom's has also played several Shakespearian roles, including Cassio in Othello (Swansea Grand Theatre), Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew (Tour) and Duke of Clarence/Lord Rivers/Lady Anne/Catesby in an all male Richard III (UK Tour). He has previously appeared in Open House Theatre's production of "The Picture of Dorian Gray".

Tom is Open House's Social Media Representative, as well as a company's ensemble member.

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Viola
Julia C. Thorne

Julia is a bilingual actress. Since graduating from drama school in Hamburg in 2010, she has worked both in English and in German theatre. Previous work includes: Carol in David Mamet's “Oleanna” at Theater Lüneburg, a year on tour with White Horse Theatre (parts included Nancy in “Oliver Twist”) and Sheila Birling in the International Theatre's production of J.B. Priestly's “An Inspector Calls”.

Julia is one of the founding members of Open House Theatre. She has appeared in “A Christmas Carol” (2012 and 2013), “The Collector”, “A Midsummer Night's Dream”, “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, "An Evening Of(f)... and "Romeo & Juliet". She also works as the company's Educational Manager, in which capacity she is responsible for writing the annual children's show (“Dick Whittington and his Cat”, “Jack and the Beanstalk”) and organising workshops and performances in schools.

Julia is Open House Theatre's Educational Manager, as well as one of the founding members of the company.

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Sebastian
Ben Marecek

When Ben finished highschool, he immediately wanted to pursue his dream of studying and becoming an actor. In 2012 he graduated from Schauspielschule Krauss where he received a large part of his education and his diploma. In 2014 he had the opportunity to go to New York and work with Susan Batson where he was able to improve his acting as well as English skills and had the chance to meet a lot of inspirational people. Since then you may have seen him as Jedermann in Franzobel's rendition of the (in)famous “Jedermann” at the Wiener Lustspielhaus or in different theatre productions around Vienna as well as on TV and advertisements. He has previously collaborated with Open House Theatre in our Open Minds Readings, as well as taking on the role of Sebastian in “Twelfth Night”.

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Olivia
Maria Lohn

Maria Lohn received her acting training at the Konservatorium der Stadt Wien, as well as at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland through the Erasmus university exchange program. Credits include: Emilia in Shakespeare’s "The Winter’s Tale"; Angelica in "Cinderella"; Young Woman in the Vanishing Point Theatre Company’s production "Hidden"; Antigone in "Oedipus at Colonus" (co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland); Mother in Howard Barker’s "Wounds to the Face".

After returning to Austria she performed at the Dschungel Wien (Lotte in "Werther - The Playlist" by Holger Schober), became an ensemble member of the Wiener Klassenzimmertheater and attended several theatre festivals, such as the Schäxpir Festival Linz and the Szene Bunte Wähne Festival. Three of her shows were nominated for the Stella Award 2011 and 2012. One of them won the Jury’s Choice Award at the Domino Theaterfestival Göttingen in 2011. For Open House Theatre she played Titania in "Midsummer Night's Dream", Lady Capulet in "Romeo and Juliet" and Hedda Gabler in "Hedda". Radio, Film and TV credits include: „Acting Up“ (BBC Radio Scotland), „Es kann nichts passieren“ (Silberne Diana for best short film 2014), „Straight to REM“ (shortlisted for the Cannes Short Film Festival 2014). She also appears in the new ORF TV-series „Altes Geld“ by David Schalko and in the ORF/ZDF TV-series Soko Kitzbühel.

Maria is also a company's ensemble member.

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Anne Weiner

Anne was born in Klosterneuburg but moved to Sussex, England before her 1st birthday. She started dance classes aged 3, joined the school choir aged 7 and first appeared on stage professionally in the pantomime “Cinderella” (Stevenage, UK) at the age of 15. After stage and ballet training she returned to the continent to perform in pieces as varied as “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Die Dreigroschenoper” and “Der Freischütz”.

Since returning to Austria she has, among other things, appeared on ORF Television as an actress (“Die Heiße Spur”) and a dancer (“Vorwärts in die Fifties - Die Peter Kraus Show” etc.), played in the ensemble of “Kiss Me Kate” at the Volksoper, danced in the opening of the Wiener Festwochen and sung in the chorus of the Sommerfestspiele in Bad Ischl. As a founding member of The English Lovers, Anne has been performing improvised theatre in Vienna and abroad for around 15 years and has also written and performed numerous comedy sketches for the group. She has been part of the annual charity revue “Musical Mamis” at the Wiener Metropol since the first show in 2005, writing and performing sketches, singing, dancing and improvising. She played Madame Arcati in the benefit production of “Blithe Spirit” directed by Aoife Smyth at Vienna’s Studio Moliere and most recently created the role of Charlotte Andersen in the fully improvised film “Another One Opens”. Earlier this year she played Amanda Wingfield in OHT's production of "The Glass Menagerie".

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Kilian Klapper

Kilian received his acting training at Schauspielschule Krauss and then worked 3raum – Anatomietheater for next three years, where credits include "Dark City2", „Der Gott Kurt“ among others. At the same theatre, he directed productions of "Anatol", "Edward II", "Totentanz" and „Glaube, Liebe, Hoffnung“ (all 3raum).

From 2010 to 2013 he was an ensemble member of the Wiener Klassenzimmertheater and featured in several productions that were nominated for the Stella award and one which won the Jury's Choice Award at the Domino Theaterfestival Göttingen. Since then, he has appeared at the Deutsche Bühne Ungarn in „Equus“ and played in the German premiere of „Minenblumen“. He lives in Vienna, where he pursues his work as an actor, director and author.

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Daniel Jeroma

Daniel is a German actor, who studied acting at the University of Arts in Berlin, graduating in 2004. Since then, he has worked for several German theatres like Staatsschauspiel Dresden, Sophiensäle Berlin, Schaubühne Berlin, Grips Theater Berlin and Hans-Otto-Theater Potsdam. He has also appeared in German TV-series ("Schwarzwaldklinik", "Hinter Gittern", "Alphateam" or "Im Namen des Gesetzes").

In 2009 he worked in Austria for the first time, at Theater der Jugend in Vienna, where he has since played in several productions, often with the half-British director Henry Mason, who also engaged him as 'Lysander' in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Salzburger Festspiele in 2013. He has previously appeared in OHT's production of "Romeo and Juliet".

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Malvolio
Alan Burgon

Alan trained at the ‘Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama’; recently renamed ‘Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’. After graduating in 2008 he was granted a yearlong contract with the ‘Dundee Rep Theatre’. His credits there include: Nugget ‘Eqqus’, Ensemble ‘Peer Gynt’, Derek ‘Quelques Fleurs’, Nick ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’, Beast/Prince ‘Beauty and the Beast’, The Recruiter/Young Soldier/Young Peasant ‘Mother Courage’. Since moving to Vienna he has appeared on stage at the International Theatre as: Various roles ‘A Christmas Carol’, Inspector Goole ‘An Inspector Calls’, Greg ‘Relatively Speaking’, Ensemble ‘Mark Twain’s America’. He has also appeared as Dan ‘Butterflies are free' for ‘Vienna’s English Theatre’, and Jason ‘Ordinary Days’ for ‘Vienna Theatre Project.

Film credits include: Orlando ‘Grimm’s Snow White’, ‘The Asylum’.

Alan is Open House Theatre's General Manager, as well as an author and director.

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Alex Scott Fairley

Alex’s previous theatre credits in Vienna include 'Gerald Croft' in "An Inspector Calls" (International Theatre) and 'Zeke Barrows-North' in "A Capital Affair" (Vienna’s English Theatre). His recent credits in the UK include "Lady Windermere’s Fan", "A Chorus of Disapproval","Single Spies" and "Hello, Dolly!" (all Pitlochry Festival Theatre); "Blood Brothers" (Phoenix Theatre, London); "Doctor Faustus" (Creation Theatre, Oxford); "The Merry Wives of Windsor", "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" and "Two Gentlemen of Verona" (all Guildford Shakespeare Company); "Mexican Hayride" and "Flahooley!" (all Sadler’s Wells);"Enjoy!" (York Theatre Royal) and "The Tempest" (Winchester Theatre Royal).

He has worked extensively as a puppeteer in the USA and Canada, where his shows include "The Gruffalo", "The Gruffalo’s Child", "Room On The Broom" (all Tall Stories Theatre); "Pigeon Party!", "Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus!" (Big Wooden Horse Theatre); the West End run of "Midnight" (Polka/Peacock Theatre, London) and "The Little Mermaid" (Millfield Theatre, London). He holds first class honours in English from Jesus College, Oxford.

Alex has previously appeared in Open House Theatre's production of "Romeo and Juliet" (2014).

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Michael Zwiauer

Michael was born in Vienna and raised bilingually in German and Italian. He discovered his passion for theatre during a number of school productions in both English and German and will pursue an acting career by auditioning for various drama schools in the UK over the next year.

His credits include Grandpa in 'You Can't Take it With You', Benvolio/Paris in 'Romeo & Juliet', Baron in 'The Madwoman of Chaillot', Demetrius in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' in English and German, Romeo in the German version of "Romeo and Juliet" (both for Open House Theatre) and most recently the title role in a production of Erich Kästner's "Emil und die Detektive" at Theater der Jugend Wien.



Creative Team

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Director & Scenic Design
Eric Lomas

Eric is one of Open House Theatre founding members and departed from the company in September 2015 to pursue other matters. Currently he's executive director of Shakespeare in Styria.

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Costume Design
Maria Krebs

Maria has been working as a costume designer and maker for over 12 years. She first started her collaboration with Eric Lomas on a musical adaptation of "A Christmas Carol", where she costumed a cast of 35. Since then, all of Lomas' productions were overseen by her.

Credits elsewhere include "A Midsummer Night’s Dream", "Twelfth Night", "The Taming of the Shrew", "The Merry Wives of Windsor" , "The Tempest" and "Romeo and Juliet" for Shakespeare in Styria, "Nur Ruhe", "Die Papiere des Teufels" (Nestroy) and "Hayfever" (Coward) in Vienna; since its inception, Maria has been Open House Theatre’s resident costume designer and has overseen every production ("A Christmas Carol", Laurel & Hardy", "Dick Whittington", "The Collector", "A Midsummer Night’s Dream", " The Picture of Dorian Gray", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "The Timekeepers", "An Evening Of(f)", "Romeo + Juliet", "The Turn of the Screw", Izzy the Witch", "The Glass Menagerie" and "Hypnosis").

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Fight Director
Roberta Brown

Roberta Brown trained in theatre in London and worked for years in both the UK and Austria as both fight director and actress before moving to Los Angeles as a full-time fight director, where her screen credits include "Charlie's Angels", "Boudica", "ER", "Queen of Swords", "The District", and "The Hunted".

Stage fight direction credits include the international tour of "Oman, Oh Man!" by director/choreographer Debbie Allen, the US premiere of the original pronunciation "Hamlet" at Nevada Repertory Company, the Los Angeles premiere of "Fortinbras", and the LA Shakespeare Company’s "Twelfth Night".

In Austria, Roberta has choreographed the fights for seven seasons of Shakespeare in Styria’s European Shakespeare Days, debuting as a director in 2013 with "Othello". She has also taught stage combat in drama schools around the globe, including the Lee Strasberg School, London’s Webber Douglas Academy, Hollywood’s Howard Fine Studio, and Bogota’s Teatro Lope de Vega.

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Director's Assistant
Linda Starodub

After a globe-trotting UN career, Linda opted to remain in Vienna. She was delighted to discover a way to fuel her passion for all things theatre, by assisting in a various ways during rehearsals of OHT productions. She previously contributed, on stage and off, to amateur theatre in her native Toronto, and during her UN assignments in Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, New York and Bonn.

She has earlier assisted with Open House Theatre’s four productions of "A Christmas Carol", as well as the company’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream", "Romeo and Juliet", "An Evening Of(f)...", "Hedda", and "The Importance of Being Earnest".

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Production Manager
Paul Elsbacher

Despite his years, Paul has had a varied career, working for companies such as Telekom Austria AG, Comparex AG and is currently assistant to the management at KBS Kleider Bauer Betriebs-GmbH. He is also studying International Economics in Vienna and has gathered experience working abroad. At Open House, Paul is our Key Accountant and acts as producer of our productions. He liases with our corporate and private sponsors and, during times of performances, works as Front of House Manager.

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Assistant Costume Designer
Jennifer Kobb

Jennifer discovered her love for theatre at university and soon realized she could best put her skills to use backstage. She began her professional career as a Stitcher and Wardrobe Assistant at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island, where she worked on a wide variety of shows including “A Christmas Carol,” “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” and “Hamlet.” During that time, she was also asked to bring her talents to several shows produced by Brown University. She later worked as a Draper and Stitcher at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia, on productions such as “Dreamgirls,” “Xanadu,” and “God of Carnage.”

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Assistant Stage Manager
Omar Chamsi-Pasha

Ever since he was a child, Omar's interests have generally been in film, theatre and music. He has been part of several school plays and his interest in theatre began at a young age when he saw a production of Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” at the Globe Theatre. Ever since then, his love for theatre has continuously evolved. He played roles including Henry Higgins in the musical “My Fair Lady” and Pavel Englanderova in the High School play, “I Never Saw another Butterfly”. He also writes music and works on films.

After graduating from the American International School of Vienna and currently attending Richmond the American University in London, he is finally able to pursue a career in film and theatre.