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DAVID F. ASHTON - Cast members introduce themselves at the first reading of Shakespeares Twelfth Night at Post5 Theatre.Since it moved to Sellwood late last year, many people have gone to enjoy one or more productions by Post5 Theater of more modern plays.

“But now, we’re getting back to our roots,” smiled Artistic Director Ty Boice. “In Outer East Portland, we started out as a Shakespeare reparatory company, because we love his classic works, especially the Bard’s comedies.”

The company invited community members and supporters in for a “first reading party” in their theater on Monday, March 9.

“We’re ‘pulling back the curtain’, letting the public watch our first read-through of Shakespeare's ‘Twelfth Night’ – the first of a three-show cycle of Shakespeare's comedies. It’ll be followed up with ‘Comedy of Errors’, with the third one being ‘Much Ado about Nothing’.”

Shakespearean comedy has been their “bread and butter”, remarked the theater company’s co-founder, and the director of “Twelfth Night”, Cassandra Boice. “In college, then getting my Masters, followed up by working in professional theater, I’ve loved his works; they’re timeless. His characters are more richly drawn than most anything seen in contemporary playwriting.

“The jokes are classic; you can’t improve on Shakespeare’s jokes,” Boyce added.

Making it more accessible to modern audiences, they run an abbreviated version of the play, Boyce said. “We’ve carefully cut redundant and obscure passages and references, reducing the running time by about a third – to two hours. It keeps the story moving along quickly.”

The Post5 Theatre Company’s production of “Twelfth Night” runs from April 15 through May 16. Tickets are available online at, or at the door – at 1666 S.E. Lambert Street, in Sellwood.

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