Shakespeare's Amazing Cymbeline: An Update of the Bard's Romance
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Every relationship tells a story -- even those that don't last. Written by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (Parade, 13), this two-person tale chronicles the marriage between an up-and-coming New York novelist and a struggling actress. Told entirely through exuberant and heartrending songs, it's the story of the couple's five-year relationship, from the first thrilling pangs of new love to their final, painful separation. However, there's a twist: Jamie relives the relationship from beginning to end, while Cathy relates their story in reverse, from end to beginning. Their "times" intersect only once, signaled by a poignant duet on their wedding day. It's a powerful and intimate story that's been staged across the U.S. and internationally since its Chicago premiere in 2001. Learn More
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Innovative adaptation and staging. The Ellyn Bye Studio is an intimate space and for this piece seating is on both sides of the performance area. The traditional elements of most of Shakespeare's work: masked identity, stolen princes, a queen who is a stepmother, vying for power, proof of love, etc. Would recommend to all.
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“Cymbeline is now being lovingly revisited by Portland Center Stage in a form that is both accessible and entertaining.” —_The Oregonian _
Based on legends about early Celtic kings, _Cymbeline _is one of Shakespeare’s most fantastical creations — familiar Shakespearean themes of jealousy and innocence wronged are joined by a piano-playing wit who becomes our guide through an ancient landscape. A lovely princess, an evil queen, a misguided king and a thoroughly rotten clown populate this fairy tale-like story of life, and love, renewed.
One of Shakespeare’s charming romances, this production of Cymbeline marks two firsts—our first production of the Bard in the Ellyn Bye Studio, and the first production of this fresh adaptation by Artistic Director Chris Coleman.