All-male cast to stage Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company’s ‘Cymbeline’

In Shakespeare's own lifetime, it was illegal for women to perform on the professional stage in England. Shakespeare wrote his plays for all-male companies of actors, in which teenage boys played the women's roles. This summer, the Grand Haven-based Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company will return to this tradition with an all-male cast production of Shakespeare's "Cymbeline.' This production will be directed by Bob Jones, who will travel to West Michigan from Virginia to direct the play.
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Jun 11, 2011

 

Jones has previously worked at the American Shakespeare Center and the Richmond Shakespeare Festival in Virginia, and Shakespeare at Winedale, Texas. He earned a master’s degree in fine arts in Shakespeare and renaissance literature in performance, with an emphasis in directing, at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va. During his time at Mary Baldwin, Jones worked with Pigeon Creek Executive Director Katherine Mayberry, who is also a graduate of the MFA program.

“Cymbeline” is a dark fairy tale — with a plot revolving around Imogen, a princess who marries against her father’s wishes and disguises herself as a boy to follow her husband when he goes into banishment.  Over the course of the play, Imogen crosses paths with her wicked stepmother, unwanted suitors and long-lost princes. 

The play’s cast features actors Daniel Christmann, Benjamin Cole, Ross Currie, Michael Empson, Bill Iddings, Cordello Jordan, Scott Lange, Andrew McClelland, Owen McIntee, Joel L. Schindlbeck and Joseph Valente. 

“Cymbeline” will be staged at several Michigan venues — traveling to Spring Lake, Muskegon, Grand Rapids, Saugatuck and Midland in late June and July. 

For information about Pigeon Creek’s other summer venues and dates, visit the company’s website: www.pcshakespeare.com.

 

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