featuring interviews with actor Amin El Gamal
and University of California, Los Angeles professor Lowell Gallagher
Twelfth Night’s status as a comedy calls for a happy ending — but not all of the play’s characters get a wedding and a ride off into the Illyrian sunset. Amid all the the farce and revelry of Twelfth Night, Malvolio’s story is a darker one. Featuring interviews with Amin El Gamal (Prison Break, The Newsroom) and UCLA English department chair Lowell Gallagher, this episode takes a closer look at why Malvolio fantasies about marrying Olivia, varying views on what Malvolio’s revenge might be, and how a problem we can see Shakespeare thinking through with Malvolio is ultimately solved in Hamlet. And, of course, what’s up with those cross-gartered yellow stockings.