Seitu’s World: An Irreverent Comedy And Sequel To Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” In Harlem

On Saturday, July 22nd, 2023, photojournalist Seitu Oronde was at the Classical Theatre of Harlem’s Malvolio Opening in HarlemNY.

It’s wartime. A lowborn steward, Malvolio, has risen to the rank of general.  He is determined to seek vengeance on a cast of characters who tormented him twenty years earlier.  

Malvolio encounters Volina, the daughter of Duke Orsino and Duchess Viola. Dismayed by the apathy of her fellow nobles, Volina tries to pass as male to join the war effort.  

When she falls in love with him, Malvolio is sure her ardent displays of unbridled passion and awkward love letters must be a trick.  

How do we get past each other’s defenses?  Can the right kind of love heal all wounds? MALVOLIO explores the difference between revenge and redemption.

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The piece was directed by Ian Belknap and Ty Jones, at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem.

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