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Twelfth Night Watch Guide

On December 10 at 7:30 p.m. PT, Seattle Rep's Public Works presents selections from a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah & Shaina Taub with music and lyrics by Shaina Taub. Get ready for the performance and enhance your experience with our curated Twelfth Night-inspired watch guide!

About the Play

Seattle Rep’s Public Works family of community and professional actors will come together virtually to share this story of love, comedic confusion, and seeing the world through another’s eyes. Viola is shipwrecked in the unfamiliar land of Illyria, and her twin brother Sebastian is nowhere in sight. She disguises herself as a man to work for the Duke, setting in motion a series of crafty deceits, hijinks, and a menagerie of lovesick characters all vying for their beloveds.

Read a more detailed synopsis of Shakespeare’s original Twelfth Night to help you follow along.

This virtual presentation will be livestreamed on Thursday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m. PT and will be available to watch through Monday, December 14 at 6 p.m. PT. To receive the link to the performance, you will need to register.


If you have any questions about the performance, accessibility options, or how to set up your livestream, visit our Twelfth Night FAQ.


What is Public Works?

Seattle Rep’s Public Works partners with community-based organizations to invite folks from all walks of life to take classes, attend performances and events, and join in the creation of ambitious works of participatory theater. Through this process strangers become neighbors – creating a region that is welcoming for all.

Our Public Works community partners currently include:

Learn more about the program, watch behind-the-scenes videos of Public Works in action, and more.

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Food (of Love)

Shakespeare-Inspired Dishes

Learn how to eat like a Shakespearean character, what theater patrons ate while watching Shakespeare plays back in the day, and more to inspire your pre- (or during!) show meal.

Virtual Potluck

When the Public Works family is able to gather together at the theater to take classes, go on field trips, and rehearse for our Public Works mainstage productions, breaking bread as a group is a staple. In this world of social distancing, let the community meals continue with cozy fall recipes sourced from the Twelfth Night cast that you can make at home to enjoy while you watch the performance.

Arpie's Armenian Hummous

From Rebecca Court (Illyrian in Twelfth Night)

“My mother's authentic (but makeable for Americans) Armenian hummus. We use any holiday as an excuse for an Armenian feast! Her family immigrated from Aleppo, Syria. She is 100% Armenian and it was her first language until she started learning English at six years old! (Can you tell I love my mom?)”


  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • 4-5 tablespoons tahini
  • Liquid (lemon juice, reserved garbanzo juice, or water; maybe a little extra virgin olive oil for the correct consistency)
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Aleppo red pepper (optional)
  • 1-2 teaspoons cumin or more to to taste


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a food processor. 
  2. Serve with raw vegetables or pita bread.

Up and Down Biscuits

From Lia Fakhouri (Illyrian in Twelfth Night)

Serving Size: Makes 12 (“unless you are Lia!!! Roll eyes”)


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • ¼ cup butter melted
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  1. Mix 1/4 cup sugar and the cinnamon.
  2. Mix the first 5 ingredients. Cut in shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  
  3. Add milk all at once and stir just until moistened. On a flat floured surface, knead dough gently, 10-12 strokes. Divide the dough in half. 
  4. Roll one half into a 12x10 rectangle, brush with half of the melted butter and half of the cinnamon mixture. Cut into five 12x2 in strips and stack them. Cut strips into 2-inch squares and place cut sides down into greased muffin cups.
  5. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  6. Bake at 450 F/230 C for 10-12 minutes.

Rum Praline Sweet Potato Casserole

From Jennifer Adair (Illyrian in Twelfth Night)


  • 3 cups mashed sweet potatoes (peeled and roasted or boiled)
  • 1 cup sugar (I use brown)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) melted, unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup dark rum

Praline topping

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped, roasted pecans
  • 1/3 cup self rising flour
  • 1/3 cup melted, salted butter


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F and grease a 9x13 casserole dish with salted butter. 
  2. In a mixer on medium speed, add the sweet potatoes, sugar, eggs, milk, and vanilla extract. 
  3. Blend until smooth, then slowly pour in melted butter. 
  4. Mix until blended, then slowly pour in rum and mix until just incorporated. 
  5. Spread evenly into a greased dish. In a small bowl combine the topping ingredients with your hands until well blended. 
  6. Sprinkle in an even layer on top of the potato mix in the dish. 
  7. Bake uncovered in the center of the oven for 30 minutes or until the top is golden. Remove from the oven and serve.

Take a Break with Take-Out

Give yourself the night off and order take-out from local restaurants.

Support Seattle Rep's Restaurant Partners

Moon Tree Sushi & Tapas: Moon Tree is offering 15% off your total bill when you call to order and self pick-up (offer not available for third-party delivery, i.e. UberEats, GrubHub…)

Agave Cocina: Buy one margarita, get one 50% off. Plus, purchase a $50 gift certificate and get an additional $20 gift certificate free.

The Sitting Room: Cheers with The Sitting Room’s homemade Aged Fig Bourbon Eggnog, featuring their house-infused fig bourbon. Available to-go, packaged in delightful reusable glass flasks that include two servings (also a great gift).

Taylor Shellfish: Though their Lower Queen Anne location near us is temporarily closed, Taylor Shellfish’s farm and online stores are open – enjoy some of the city’s best oysters at home. In addition, their Melrose, Samish, and Shelton markets are open for retail take-out and curbside pickup.

Plus, Pecado Bueno has been a supportive partner to our Public Works program over the years. Enjoy one of their Family Meal Deals with two options to choose from: Get six half burritos with chips and salsa for $29.99, or twelve enchiladas with rice and beans for $34.99.

Eat Local

Want to try something new in your area? Find local small businesses near you to order from using Intentionalist’s search function.

Cheers to Shakespeare

Cozy Beverages

Twelfth Night will warm your heart, so keep with the theme and make some cozy warm drinks to accompany the performance.

Shakespeare-inspired Cocktails

Celebrate “opening night” with a Twelfth Night-inspired specialty cocktail! The Royal Shakespeare Company has you covered with a recipe.

Twelfth Night-inspired Specialty Cocktail Recipe


  • 40ml gin
  • 20ml cointreau
  • 25ml merlot
  • Dash of apple juice
  • Dash of orange juice
  • Dash of cinnamon syrup
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 1 star anise
  • Cubed ice

Equipment: A cocktail shaker and strainer; Martini glass


  • First fill your martini glass with cubed ice
  • Fill other glass with cubed ice then pour in the gin, merlot, cointreau, cinnamon syrup, apple juice, orange juice, and cloves
  • Shake well and empty your martini glass
  • Pour into the martini glass through a strainer
  • Garnish the drink with a star anise and enjoy!

Recipe from the Royal Shakespeare Company

More Shakespeare-inspired Cocktail Recipes:

Play On!

Enhance your experience by playing some Shakespeare-themed games, trivia, and more. Can be done solo or (virtually) in a group!

Read / Watch / Listen


  • Get to know the participants with our Meet the Cast Series, Part 1 and Part 2.

  • Learn more about the play with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Twelfth Night Learning Guide

  • Hear from creator Shaina Taub about how she approached adapting Twelfth Night for The Public Theater in New York with co-creator Kwame Kwei-Armah in an interview with The Interval.


Hear from director Hattie Claire Andres, music director Steven Tran, and Public Works Director Angie Kamel in a behind-the-scenes interview about rehearsing Twelfth Night over Zoom, what’s next for Seattle Rep’s Public Works, and much more.

Want a sneak peek? Check out our teaser trailer!


  • Tune in to Folger Shakespeare Library’s Shakespeare Unlimited podcast episodes about music in Shakespeare: Music in Shakespeare and Music for Shakespeare's Lyrics.
  • Get the Twelfth Night dance party started with the Original Public Works Cast Recording on Spotify.
  • This Approaching Shakespeare lecture hosted by Emma Smith takes the role of Antonio in Twelfth Night and uses the character’s presence to open up questions of sexuality, desire, and the nature of romantic comedy.

Virtual Group Watch Parties

It’s time to #StayHomeStayHealthy! There are a number of opportunities online to host virtual watch parties with a group. Take a look at the Scener Google Chrome plug-in as one option that Seattle Rep staff have tested and enjoyed. Scener allows for a shared video to play, while you can see other viewers (with their video cameras on) in the sidebar and chat as a group!

Get some inspiration for your virtual watch party from Folger Shakespeare Library’s guide to throwing a Shakespeare party.

Connect on Social

How are you celebrating #TwelfthNightSREP opening night? Whether you’re dressing to the nines, making all the Shakespearean-themed food, or watching with your best animal pal, we want to see it! Share your photos and all the love by tagging @seattlerep or using #TwelfthNightSREP.

More Info

Register and learn more about Public Works’ Twelfth Night, Seattle Rep’s Public Works program, and more on the Twelfth Night show page.

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Photo: The cast of Public Works Twelfth Night in rehearsal on Zoom.

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