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Cymbeline

REVIEWS

"Cymbeline is a supreme achievement at Shakespeare & Company... outstanding."Albany Times Union

"A noble, exceptional 'Cymbeline' at Shakespeare & Company... Would not have miss this for anything." - The Berkshire Edge

"The must see play of the Berkshire theatre season."Berkshire Fine Arts

"Intoxicatingly funny... Non-stop action" - CurtainUp

"Edgy and authentic... Imaginative production" -
Talkin’ Broadway

"A high-spirited production... Breathtaking." - TheaterMania

"It is just a ton of fun... The production is out of this world” - WBUR

A rarely performed story of intrigue and deception in the face of steely resolve, Cymbeline bears the wondrous language of the seasoned playwright through wild plot twists, mistaken identities, and a heart-rending quest for love. Tamara Hickey and Jonathan Epstein of last summer's Merchant of Venice head the cast and Tina Packer directs this stunning tale, produced for the first time on the Company's Mainstage.

More about the plot:

Written in 1609, Cymbeline is generally regarded as a comedy, although it also has elements of tragedy and romance.

Cymbeline is the King of Britain and he has three children, a daughter, Imogen, and two sons, Guiderius and Aviragus. The two boys have been missing for a long time and appear in disguise as Polydore and Cadwal. They have been raised in the woods by Balarius, a banished lord, who has kidnapped them and educated them into gentlemen.

The Queen is Cymbeline’s second wife, a power-hungry and scheming woman who wants Imogen to be killed so that she can get her hands on her inheritance for her son, Cloten. Cloten is a cloddish, nasty young man, who wants to marry Imogen so that he can inherit the throne.

However Imogen has other plans. She falls in love with Posthumus Leonatus, a noble young man, and marries him in secret. Their love is tested, betrayed and finally redeemed.

The play's themes of truth triumphing over falsehood, good over evil, are exemplified in the life of the heroine, Imogen.

Appearance and reality infuses the play - there is magic and mischief and nothing is as it seems.

See cast video and rehearsal photos below.

Photos & Videos

A look into the making of Cymbeline. Video by Ted Marcus

Josh Aaron McCabe and Tamara Hickey. Photo by Stratton McCrady

Jason Asprey and Tamara Hickey. Photo by Stratton McCrady

Thomas Brazzle. Photo by Stratton McCrady

Josh McCabe and Thomas Brazzle. Photo by Stratton McCrady

Nigel Gore, Jason Asprey, Jonathan Epstein. Photo by Stratton McCrady

Bella Merlin and Jason Asprey. Photo by Stratton McCrady

Tamara Hickey and Josh Aaron McCabe. Photo by Stratton McCrady

Josh Aaron McCabe and Tamara Hickey. Photo by Stratton McCrady

Tamara Hickey and Thomas Brazzle. Photo by Stratton McCrady

Back row: Josh Aaron McCabe, Deaon Griffin-Pressley, Nigel Gore, Ella Loudon. Front row: Thomas Brazzle, Tamara Hickey, Jonathan Epstein, Bella Merlin, Jason Asprey. Photo by Stratton McCrady.

Bella Merlin and Deaon Griffin-Pressley. Photo by Stratton McCrady

Artists

Jason Asprey

Jason Asprey

(Cloten) twenty-fourth season (Calaban, The Tempest; Cloten, Cymbeline). Recent S&Co: Graziano, The Merchant of Venice; Speed, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Priest, Mother of the Maid; Cassius, Julius Caesar; Ferdinand, Love’s Labour’s Lost; Derek, Accomplice; Richard Hannay, The 39 Steps; Parasite Drag; Frank, The Memory of Water; Autolycus, The Winter’s more(Cloten) twenty-fourth season (Calaban, The Tempest; Cloten, Cymbeline). Recent S&Co: Graziano, The Merchant of Venice; Speed, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Priest, Mother of the Maid; Cassius, Julius Caesar; Ferdinand, Love’s Labour’s Lost; Derek, Accomplice; Richard Hannay, The 39 Steps; Parasite Drag; Frank, The Memory of Water; Autolycus, The Winter’s Tale; Lord Hastings/Oxford, Richard III and Hamlet (Title Role). Recent Regional: Cassius, Julius Caesar (Orlando Shakespeare Theatre); Robert, Betrayal (Nora Theatre); Eduard Einstein, Einstein’s Dreams (Culture Project NYC) and Mercutio, Romeo and Juliet (Swine Palace), and Theatre in England, where he has also worked in TV and film.

Thomas Brazzle

Thomas Brazzle

(Posthumous) fourth season (Posthumous, Cymbeline; Sebastian, The Tempest). S&Co: Proteus (Two Gentlemen of Verona); Gobbo(The Merchant of Venice); Richard II; The Tempest; Walter (Kaufman’s Barbershop). Regional: Edmund, King Lear (Guthrie Theater, MN); Grand Concourse; The Droll (WAM Theatre Fresh Takes Series); Franco Wicks, Superior Donuts; Alonzo, Look Away (World Premiere, more(Posthumous) fourth season (Posthumous, Cymbeline; Sebastian, The Tempest). S&Co: Proteus (Two Gentlemen of Verona); Gobbo(The Merchant of Venice); Richard II; The Tempest; Walter (Kaufman’s Barbershop). Regional: Edmund, King Lear (Guthrie Theater, MN); Grand Concourse; The Droll (WAM Theatre Fresh Takes Series); Franco Wicks, Superior Donuts; Alonzo, Look Away (World Premiere, (TheatreSquared, AR); Reggie, Sam (New Play Fest, Portland Stage); Axel, The Pelican; Aaron, Titus (NYC); Tybalt, Romeo & Juliet; Borachio, Much Ado About Nothing; Alsatian Fogerty, Peter Pan. Thomas is a NYC playwright and holds an MFA from UCONN, thomasbrazzle.com.

Jonathan Epstein

Jonathan Epstein

(Cymbeline) thirtieth season (Cymbeline, Cymbeline, the Author, Via Dolorosa) S&Co: More than 50 productions including King Lear, Tempest, As You Like It, Much Ado, Richard III, Merchant of Venice, Midsummer, Merry Wives, Women of Will, Private Eyes, Brief Lives. He has performed on and off-Broadway and at scores of regional more(Cymbeline) thirtieth season (Cymbeline, Cymbeline, the Author, Via Dolorosa) S&Co: More than 50 productions including King Lear, Tempest, As You Like It, Much Ado, Richard III, Merchant of Venice, Midsummer, Merry Wives, Women of Will, Private Eyes, Brief Lives. He has performed on and off-Broadway and at scores of regional theatres around the country including Berkshire Theatre Festival (Amadeus, Cuckoo’s Nest, Via Dolorosa, Educating Rita...) and ART (Merchant of Venice, Phaedra, Paradise Lost). He is a two-time recipient of the Elliot Norton Award and is an Associate Professor of Classical Performance at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training where this year he directed their outdoor production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and is scheduled to follow it next spring with Much Ado About Nothing.

Nigel Gore

Nigel Gore

(Belarius, Caius Lucius) tenth season (Prospero, Tempest; Belarius, Caius Lucius, Cymbeline; Actor, Women of Will). Recent: S&Co: Jacques, Mother of the Maid. TFANA: Dr Rank, Dolls House, Dr Ostermark, The Father. Bedlam: Colonel Brandon, Sense & Sensibility; Dorn, Seagull. Old Castle: Lyman Felt, Ride Down Mt Morgan; Henry, Lion in more(Belarius, Caius Lucius) tenth season (Prospero, Tempest; Belarius, Caius Lucius, Cymbeline; Actor, Women of Will). Recent: S&Co: Jacques, Mother of the Maid. TFANA: Dr Rank, Dolls House, Dr Ostermark, The Father. Bedlam: Colonel Brandon, Sense & Sensibility; Dorn, Seagull. Old Castle: Lyman Felt, Ride Down Mt Morgan; Henry, Lion in Winter. Women of Will (played in New York, Shanghai, Prague, The Hague, Mexico). Colorado Shakespeare Festival: Richard, Richard III (Best actor award, WestWord Denver). Publick Theatre, Boston: George, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Eliot Norton Award Outstanding Actor). Orlando Shakes, S&Co: Caesar, Julius Caesar. Prague Shakes: Brutus, Julius Caesar; Claudius, Hamlet. Film: The Last Knights.

Deaon  Griffin-Pressley

Deaon Griffin-Pressley

(Pisanio) second season (Pisanio, Cymbeline; Ferdinand, (The Tempest). S&Co: Richard lll (Lovers’ Spat), Osric (Hamlet), Lorenzo (The Merchant of Venice), Outlaw 3 (Two Gentlemen of Verona). The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre: Orsino (Twelfth Night), Hortensio (Taming of the Shrew). Hypokrit Theatre Company: Mercutio/Tybalt (rep) (Romeo & Juliet). Oxford Shakespeare Company: Macbeth more(Pisanio) second season (Pisanio, Cymbeline; Ferdinand, (The Tempest). S&Co: Richard lll (Lovers’ Spat), Osric (Hamlet), Lorenzo (The Merchant of Venice), Outlaw 3 (Two Gentlemen of Verona). The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre: Orsino (Twelfth Night), Hortensio (Taming of the Shrew). Hypokrit Theatre Company: Mercutio/Tybalt (rep) (Romeo & Juliet). Oxford Shakespeare Company: Macbeth (Macbeth), Clarence (Richard lll). Film: Stricken (New York Film Academy). Deaon has studied acting at the British American Drama Academy at Oxford University, with a full scholarship from the English Speaking Union. He is also a NYC based playwright with works featured at The Lark, Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre & Fringe Festival NYC. Follow Instragram @dgppoetry.

Tamara Hickey

Tamara Hickey

(Imogen) second season (Imogen, Cymbeline; Ariel, The Tempest) S&Co: Portia, The Merchant of Venice; Lucetta, The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Regional: Appropriate (SpeakEasy Stage); God’s Ear, (Elliot Norton Award Best Actress & Best Production); Henry VIII, Pericles, Living In Exile (all for Actors’ Shakespeare Project); Rancho Mirage (New Repertory Theatre); more(Imogen) second season (Imogen, Cymbeline; Ariel, The Tempest) S&Co: Portia, The Merchant of Venice; Lucetta, The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Regional: Appropriate (SpeakEasy Stage); God’s Ear, (Elliot Norton Award Best Actress & Best Production); Henry VIII, Pericles, Living In Exile (all for Actors’ Shakespeare Project); Rancho Mirage (New Repertory Theatre); Cabaret (American Repertory Theatre- IRNE Award Best Ensemble). Film: Good Kids, Irrational Man, We Don’t Belong Here, The Judge, In Your Eyes, Against The Ropes. TV: Bull (pilot); The Secret Life Of Marilyn Monroe; Olive Kitteridge; Chasing Life, The Makeover, Gilded Lilys (pilot), Army Wives, One Life To Live; Canadian TV:Blue Murder (Series Lead), The Associates (Series Lead); MFA American Repertory Theatre. http://tamarahickey.com/

Ella Loudon

Ella Loudon

(Guiderius) first season (Miranda, The Tempest; Guiderius, Cymbeline) Theatre: Kent, King Lear, Marta, The Patsy, Devil/Woland, The Master and Margarita, Nina, The Seagull, Amy, Citizenship, Zeus, Metamorphosis. Film: The Double, Maneater, Trauma in a Time Machine. more(Guiderius) first season (Miranda, The Tempest; Guiderius, Cymbeline) Theatre: Kent, King Lear, Marta, The Patsy, Devil/Woland, The Master and Margarita, Nina, The Seagull, Amy, Citizenship, Zeus, Metamorphosis. Film: The Double, Maneater, Trauma in a Time Machine.

Josh Aaron McCabe

Josh Aaron McCabe

(Iachimo) twelfth season (Iachimo, Cymbeline; Stephano/Alonso, The Tempest). S&Co: Comedy of Errors; Coyotewold’s Thetis: Immortal Fire; Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged); Accomplice; Mother Courage and Her Children;Love’s Labour’s Lost;39 Steps;Parasite Drag;Hound of the Baskervilles;As You Like It;War of the Worlds;Mystery of Irma Vep;Real Inspector Hound;Winters Tale;Richard III;Les Liaisons Dangereuses;Merry more(Iachimo) twelfth season (Iachimo, Cymbeline; Stephano/Alonso, The Tempest). S&Co: Comedy of Errors; Coyotewold’s Thetis: Immortal Fire; Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged); Accomplice; Mother Courage and Her Children;Love’s Labour’s Lost;39 Steps;Parasite Drag;Hound of the Baskervilles;As You Like It;War of the Worlds;Mystery of Irma Vep;Real Inspector Hound;Winters Tale;Richard III;Les Liaisons Dangereuses;Merry Wives of Windsor. Off- Broadway:Peep Show (Actor’s Playhouse). Regional: Connecticut Rep, Madison Rep., Forward Theater, Milwaukee’s Chamber Theatre, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, Milwaukee’s Renaissance Theaterworks. National commercials, Daytime Serials and Saturday Night Live. Josh is an Asst. Professor of Acting at Wright State University. AEA & SAG-AFTRA.

Bella Merlin

Bella Merlin

(The Queen/Arviragus) second season (The Queen and Arviragus, Cymbeline; Trinculo, The Tempest). S&Co: Nerissa (The Merchant of Venice); Outlaw (The Two Gentlemen of Verona). Regional: Margaret, Richard III; Nell, Nell Gwynne: A Dramatick Essaye on Acting and Prostitution. UK: Susanna Cibber, A Laughing Matter, 2nd Bereaved Mother, The Permanent Way more(The Queen/Arviragus) second season (The Queen and Arviragus, Cymbeline; Trinculo, The Tempest). S&Co: Nerissa (The Merchant of Venice); Outlaw (The Two Gentlemen of Verona). Regional: Margaret, Richard III; Nell, Nell Gwynne: A Dramatick Essaye on Acting and Prostitution. UK: Susanna Cibber, A Laughing Matter, 2nd Bereaved Mother, The Permanent Way (National Theatre); UK Regional: Masha, The Seagull; Celia As You Like It. Film: Mente Revolver. TV: Doctors (BBC); Casualty (BBC). Publications: The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit; Facing the Fear: An Actor’s Guide to Overcoming Stage Fright. Training: Russian State University of Cinematography, Moscow. Bella holds a PhD from Birmingham University, UK, and is Professor of Acting and Directing at UC Riverside.

Tina Packer

Tina Packer

(Director) Founding Member. (Founding Artistic Director; Director, Cymbeline; Actor, Women of Will). She has directed most of Shakespeare’s plays (some of them several times), acted in eight of them (never when directing) and taught the whole canon one way or another at over thirty colleges, including Harvard, M.I.T. and NYU. more(Director) Founding Member. (Founding Artistic Director; Director, Cymbeline; Actor, Women of Will). She has directed most of Shakespeare’s plays (some of them several times), acted in eight of them (never when directing) and taught the whole canon one way or another at over thirty colleges, including Harvard, M.I.T. and NYU. At Columbia University, she taught in the M.B.A. program for four years, resulting in the publication of Power Plays: Shakespeare’s Lessons in Leadership and Management with Deming Professor John Whitney for Simon and Schuster. For Scholastic, she wrote Tales from Shakespeare, a children’s book and recipient of the Parent’s Gold Medal Award. Most recently Tina’s book Women of Will was published by Knopf. For the last three years, she has been performing Women of Will with Nigel Gore, in New York, Mexico, England, The Hague, China and across the US. Her acting credits include: Shirley Valentine, Molly Ivins, The Beauty Queen of Leenane,Mother of the Maid; and most recently Volumnia in Coriolanus. She’s the recipient of numerous awards, honorary degrees, including the Commonwealth Award. This May, Salem State University honored her with a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts.

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