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UPDATED May 19: Arlington Friends of the Drama (AFD), one of the 10 oldest continually operating community theaters in the country, has had to close its adaptation of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" two shows early because of Covid-19.

Board President Judy Weinberg confirmed May 19 that the May 18 and 19 performances were canceled because of Covid-19; YourArlington has requested further details.

The musical tells the story of a young heroine who washes up on the shores of Illyria after a shipwreck and finds love while navigating the unknown land. A news release notes that 20 performers are in this production; see a full list of the cast here >>

Masking by the audience was recommended but not required to view this performance.

The music and lyrics were written by composer Shaina Taub; the music is described as a jazz-funk score. The director of this show is Maddie Roth, a Boston-based theater artist who graduated from Salem State with a bachelor of fine arts degree in theater with a concentration in directing.

AFD is a community endeavor that seeks to engage all ages in the act of putting on a play. The theatre generally puts on four productions per year. See more information about AFD here >>

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This news announcement was published April 13, 2024, based on an email from Arlington Friends of the Drama. It was updated Sunday, May 19, reporting cancellations of the final two performances (May 18 and May 19).