The Gulling of Malvolio

The Gulling of Malvolio is director Barbara Anderson’s adaptation of the funniest scenes from Shakespeare’s popular 1603 comedy Twelfth Night. These hilarious scenes form their own united subplot, aptly named The Gulling [Tricking] of Malvolio.

That trick to teach Malvolio a lesson on humility and the “Golden Rule” is the heart of the plot of
The Gulling of Malvolio.


Nick Bonges (Fabian & Sea Captain)
Alexandra Cross (Viola/Cesario)
Sahara Glasener-Boles (Feste)
Edward Kuffert (Sir Toby Belch)
Rachel Martindale (Countess Olivia)
Henry Odum (Malvolio)
Jeremy Schaye (Sir Andrew Aguecheek)
Hannah Williams (Maria)


Barbara Anderson (Adapter, Director, Co-Producer)
Edward Kuffert (Co-Producer, Fight Choreographer, Co-Music Director)
Sahara Glasener-Boles (Co-Music Director)
Rachel Martindale (Costume Coordinator)
Phoebe Rothfeld (Logo Design & Co-Poster Design)
JoAnne Avellone (Co-Poster Design)
Dale Jessen (Photographer)
Pat Nissen (Program)

Malvolio, the steward of Lady Olivia, is a kill-joy and a hypocrite whose self-righteous self-love drives him to belittle and demean everyone he considers his “inferiors.”

Those supposed “inferiors” include Olivia’s uncle, Sir Toby Belch; Maria, her waiting gentlewoman; Feste, Olivia’s jester; Fabian, another household servant to Olivia; and Sir Andrew Aguecheek, a foolish knight and companion to Sir Toby. Together these five conspire to deliver Malvolio his rightful “come-uppance” for his mistreatment. The entire scheme plays out in the larger context of mistaken identities and star-crossed lovers.

Our talented troupe dazzled audiences in Lake Forest’s Open Lands Park; Town-Line Park; the Grove Cultural Center; Lake Bluff’s Village Green; the courtyard of Sacred Heart Church in Winnetka; and the stage of City Lit Theatre in Chicago.