Brian and Shelby Maticic’s theater troupe, Brelby Theatre Company, performed in downtown Phoenix at Playhouse on the Park for more than a year.
But the Peoria residents are relocating their theater to historic downtown Glendale with William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” which opens Thursday as their premiere performance in the West Valley and as a fundraiser for the group.
Brelby Theatre Company eventually will be housed in a renovated storefront across the street from Murphy Park.
“Twelfth Night” performances are taking place on the patio behind the Gaslight Inn & Old Towne Glendale Wine and Beer Bar.
“We’re very happy to be partnering with these businesses for the show,” said Brian Maticic. “It’s a grassroots effort for us.”
Maticic said it’s an opportunity for theater patrons to experience their organization as well as support other businesses.
Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” follows a fraternal twin, who disguises herself as a servant boy called Cesario to serve Count Orsino, who is in love with a beautiful heiress Olivia. Olivia falls in love with Cesario, who is really Viola, who is in love with Orsino.
The play turns into a comedy of mistaken identities, love, passion, mischief, wisdom and reunion.
Brelby’s production is co-directed by Brian Maticic and Ellyn Heald and will be performed in modern clothes with minimal set.
“We’re taking a neat, playful approach to it that I think people will like,” Brian Maticic said.
More than anything, Maticic said he’s excited for West Valley theater patrons to have another option for the arts.
“There are some great organizations here, but still a lot of people are underserved and looking for different things and other options,” Brian Maticic said.
Shelby and Brian Maticic formed Brelby Theatre Company in 2009 at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.
They performed a number of shows in Flagstaff and around the area before moving back to the Valley.
The couple then rented a space at Playhouse on the Park in downtown Phoenix for a while. They performed a number of shows, including Neil Simon’s “God’s Favorite” and a re-imagining of “Alice in Wonderland.”
Then, the Maticics decided to move to the West Valley and looked for the perfect location before settling on the storefront in downtown Glendale.
They hope to have the space renovated soon as they begin their official fourth season.
Shelby Maticic said they have a number of plans for the new season, including classes, seminars and a children’s theater program.
“We’re really looking forward to putting roots into the West Valley,” Shelby Maticic said.