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A Night to Remember

By Andrea Guthmann

Photo by Joe Mazza/Brave Lux Inc


Jennifer Latimore explores gender and equality with a little help from Shakespeare.

Glencoe’s Writers Theatre is known for its creative interpretations of the classics. Its current production of Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece, Twelfth Night, or What You Will, continues that tradition. Starring in the gender-bending role of Viola is Chicago-based actress Jennifer Latimore, who spends much of the play cleverly impersonating a man. “There’s this awakening in our society of what it means to be equal, and this play deals directly with that,” Latimore says. “The fact that Viola has to disguise herself as a man in order to survive is something I think will resonate with today’s audiences.” Latimore also applauds Writers Theatre’s commitment to diversity. “I don’t use the term colorblind casting because that’s an erasure of people’s heritage and ethnicity. I like to describe it as color-conscious casting, meaning I see you for who you are, and that voice deserves to have a seat at the table.” Nov. 7-Dec. 16, tickets $35-$80,