Carleton presents Carlo Goldoni’s timeless comedy, “The Venetian Twins”

October 7, 2016

Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Commons, Theatre Forever will present a performance of Carlo Goldoni’s timeless comedy, “The Venetian Twins.” This event is free and open to the public.

Written in the mid 1700s, “The Venetian Twins” tells the story of two estranged twins, Zanetto and Tonino (both roles played by guest artist Jon Ferguson), who arrive in town, both romantically entangled and on the same day. The resulting chaos includes ridiculous sword play, romantic melodrama, arrests, betrayals, stolen jewels and death by poisoned wine.

Staged in Theatre Forever's vibrant, playful and irreverent style and drawing heavily from Italian Commedia dell’arte (masks made by Antonio Fava), this production, packed with more mistaken identities than you can shake a wet fish at, boat-loads of exquisite physical comedy and rapid-fire verbal play, promises to be an unforgettably hilarious evening of mayhem and stupidity.

"Ferguson has the courage to take the audience-performer relationship very seriously, to illuminate the fact that audience members are, in an important sense, co-creators themselves." 
- (Review for Theatre Forever's The Nature Crown) Jay Gabler, The Tangential 2015

"...plays like the love child of Monty Python, Jane Austen, and The Princess Bride.”
- (Review for Ferguson’s previous work) MPLS/St. Paul Magazine

This production premiered in September at The Southern Theater as part of The Southern Theater’s ARTshare program and now travels through mid-October to Minnesota colleges, high schools and outdoor locations. To learn more about ARTshare visit More at

This event is sponsored by Art at Carleton. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4531. The Weitz Center for Creativity is located at Third and College Streets in Northfield.