THE TWELFTH CHALLENGE

THE TWELFTH CHALLENGE

Due 11.13.18 before 7am CST

Wikipedia: Twelfth Night, or What You Will is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written around 1601–1602 as a Twelfth Night's entertainment for the close of the Christmas season. The play centres on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. Viola (who is disguised as Cesario) falls in love with Duke Orsino, who in turn is in love with the Countess Olivia. Upon meeting Viola, Countess Olivia falls in love with her thinking she is a man.

Right. Great. So, what I’m getting out of this in this moment is a gender fluid Christmas adventure love story.

Challenge: Rewrite Twelfth Night. A gender fluid drunken Christmas adventure love story.

Rule: No Santas.


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Want a little more COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY (because you’re brilliant without trivial or justification) dramaturgy to inspire you?


A popular Twelfth Night tradition was to have a bean and pea hidden inside a Twelfth-night cake; the "man who finds the bean in his slice of cake becomes King for the night while the lady who finds a pea in her slice of cake becomes Queen for the night. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelfth_Night_(holiday)

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People could be drinking 'lambswool' from a large communal wassailing bowl.

Wassail is a hot, mulled punch often associated with Yuletide, drunk from a 'wassailing bowl'. The earliest versions were warmed mead into which roasted crab apples were dropped and burst to create a drink called 'lambswool' drunk on Lammas day, still known in Shakespeare's time.