by Bob Cooner

V (Veanne), recently separated from her twin brother Baz as a result of their parents’ divorce, starts her senior year at a brand-new school in Elmira, NY. With her boyish appearance, manner, and nickname, V gets misgendered by the other kids at school—but she goes along with their misconception because she feels surprisingly welcomed by them. Misunderstandings, miscommunication, and misdeeds abound in this freewheeling, contemporary, high school-set adaptation of William Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT.

  • Cast Size: 6M 4W; 1W or NB; 1 M or W off-stage voice; Extras M, W, or NB
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

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About the Playwright

Bob Cooner is a playwright, director, and actor in Sacramento, California. After growing up in Houston, Texas, and graduating from the University of Houston (B.A. in Drama) in 1979, Bob moved to New York City to pursue his dream of a life in the theatre. He worked as a professional actor and director in New York, regionally, and on tour. In 1989, Bob moved to Chicago where he continued to act and direct in local theatre. He earned his graduate degree (M.Ed.) from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1995 and began a second career as a high school teacher. Bob also met his husband, Matthew Abergel, in Chicago, and, in 1999, Bob and Matthew moved to California. In 2020, he retired from a long career as a teacher of English and theatre. Both Bob and Matthew are active in Sacramento-area theatre, most significantly at the historic Woodland Opera House. Bob’s plays have been produced in regional and educational theaters throughout the country. His plays Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus; Little Miss Murder; and Agatha Christie’s Diamonds and Death are published by Next Stage Press.

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