Local Shakespeare troupe to present gender-bending summer season

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 Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company will return to this tradition with an all-male cast production of Shakespeare's "Cymbeline.' Pigeon Creek will then follow this production by giving its female actors a turn in an all-female cast production of "Henry IV: Part 1.'
Anonymous
Jul 7, 2011

Each production will be at the Beardsley Theater in the Frauenthal Center, in downtown Muskegon, for one night only.  “Cymbeline” will play Wednesday, July 13; and “Henry IV: Part 1” will be performed Saturday, Aug. 27. The curtain time for both performances is 7:30 p.m.

“Cymbeline” is a dark fairy tale. Its plot revolves 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 Christ-mann, Ben-jamin Cole, Ross Currie, Michael Empson, Bill Iddings, Cordello Jordan, Scott Lange, Andrew McClelland, Owen McIntee, Joel L. Schindlbeck and Joseph Valente.

The production will be directed by Bob Jones, who travels from Virginia to work on this production. Jones has previously worked at the American Shakespeare Center, Richmond Shakespeare Festival and Shakespeare at Winedale.

Tickets to the Beardsley performances are $12 for adults, and $6 for students and senior citizens. Tickets for these productions can be purchased online at www.frauenthal.org by phone at 1-800-585-3737. 

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

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