Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ Has Burning Man Twist at UNR


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UNR’s production of “Twelfth Night.” Image: Carla O’Day

The University of Nevada, Reno’s Department of Theatre and Dance this week is putting on William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” but with strobe lighting and themes of radical self expression.

“Twelfth Night” addresses love and identity and how the two are worth fighting for.

The 2-hour performance is not set in the fictional Western Balkans town of Illyria, but in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert during the Burning Man counterculture arts festival. Instead of donning attire that was popular more than 400 years earlier, the cast is dressed as burners.

“Twelfth Night” at UNR. Image: Carla O’Day

“But we didn’t just put our characters in the desert in absurd costumes; we infused Black Rock City into the show,” assistant director Riley McKinnney said in the program’s statement. “It has been a joy sharing my Burning Man experiences with the cast in order to fill our production with as much honesty and reverence as possible.”

The production is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. nightly March 7-10 in the Church Fine Arts building’s Redfield Studio Theatre.

General admission is $15. Senior tickets are $12, those age 18 and younger are $10, and UNR students with identification are $5.

For more information: or 775-784-6829

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  1. It’s very interesting approach to Bard’s play
    It looks like everything and everyone relate to Burning Man in Reno nowadays
    This cultural phenomenon speeds its influence

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