Photo Coverage: 'Cymbeline' Opening Night Party

December 3
10:20 AM 2007

The Lincoln Center Theater production of William Shakespeare's Cymbeline, directed by Mark Lamos and featuring Jonathan Cake, Michael Cerveris, John Cullum, John Pankow, Martha Plimpton and Phylicia Rashad, opened on Sunday, December 2 at 6:30PM at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. 

"One of William Shakespeare's most unusual and spectacular plays, this late Romance combines comedy, tragedy and history into an epic tale of power and magic - its action sweeping across Britain and Italy, as two warring powers clash until its eventual joyful conclusion.  The characters in Cymbeline include a Lear-like monarch (John Cullum), a wicked queen (Phylicia Rashad), an Iago-like villain (Jonathan Cake), a deceived husband (Michael Cerveris), his loyal servant (John Pankow) and a heroine, the king's daughter Imogen, Shakespeare's last great female role (Martha Plimpton)," explain press notes.

Completing the cast of 26 are Jeff Bender, Daniel Breaker, Anthony Cochrane, Noshir Dalal, Adam Dannheisser, Jordan Dean, Herb Foster, David Furr, Adam Greer, Michael Howell, Ezra Knight, LeRoy McClain, Paul O'Brien, Daniel Oreskes, Gordana Rashovich, Nancy Rodriguez, Michael Rossmy, Richard Topol, Gregory Wooddell and Jeff Woodman. 

Cymbeline is designed by Tony Award winners Michael Yeargan (sets), Jess Goldstein (costumes), and Brian MacDevitt (lighting).  Original music is by Mel Marvin and sound designers are Tony Smolenski IV and Walter Trarbach.

The performance schedule is Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3 pm.  Tickets priced at $65 to $90 are available at the Lincoln Center Theater box office, by calling Tele-Charge at (212) 239-6200 or on-line by visiting

Photos by Ben Strothmann


Phylicia Rashad

Phylicia Rashad

Sam Mendes, Jonathan Cake and Julianna Nicholson

Jonathan Cake and Julianna Nicholson

Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and John Kassir

Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty

Keith Carradine and Martha Plimpton

Howard McGillin and Richard Preston

Marian Seldes and Martha Plimpton

Marian Seldes, Martha Plimpton and Brian Murray

Marian Seldes, Martha Plimpton and Brian Murray

Michael Cerveris and Martha Plimpton

Michael Cerveris and Martha Plimpton

Phylicia Rashad and Adam Dannheisser

Phylicia Rashad and Adam Dannheisser

Mark Lamos (Director) and Michael Yeargan (Set Designer)

John Cullum and guest

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Ben Strothmann Ben Strothmann has been a portrait and theatrical photographer since 1995. Since building his first darkroom in his hometown of Milwaukee WI, his portrait studio now looks out over Manhattan where he shoots headshots and production photos. Born to a famous cheesecake lady (Suzy Strothmann of Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes), Ben is also an actor and pianist. Currently he lives in Astoria and studies guitar and Icelandic. Ben is also a volunteer for The Heart Gallery ( and helps NYC foster children find permanent, loving families. Ben is proud to be a part of the world famous singing waitstaff at Ellen's Stardust Diner. See for more info.


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