BWW TV: First Look at Highlights of CST's CYRANO DE BERGERAC
Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents Cyrano de Bergerac, launching the Theater's 2013-2014 Season. CST's new production of Edmond Rostand's timeless classic, adapted and translated by Anthony Burgess, marks the return to CST of director Penny Metropulos and film and stage actor Harry Groener, the duo behind the Theater's award-winning 2011 production of The Madness of George III. Featuring some of the most romantic and witty verse written for the stage, Cyrano de Bergerac is a poignant and entertaining homage to poetry, love and panache which will run in CST's Courtyard Theater now through November 10, 2013. BroadwayWorld has a first look at highlights below!
Cyrano de Bergerac tells the tale of the iconic nobleman whose gift for romance is shadowed by his all-too-prominent nose. Feeling unworthy of the love of the beautiful Roxane, Cyrano uses his intellect and style wooing her for his comrade Christian to heart-wrenching effect. Cyrano de Bergerac opens the season showcasing the celebrated partnership of director Penny Metropolus and actor Harry Groener, the actor-director team behind CST's wildly popular production of The Madness of George III. The illustrious Harry Groener, who took home Chicago's Best Actor Jeff Award for his King George, will tackle Cyrano, considered one of the hallmark roles for an actor. Mr. Groener's expansive stage career includes critically-acclaimed performances on Broadway in Crazy for You (Tony Award nomination), Oklahoma! (Theatre World Award, Tony Awardand Drama Desk Award nominations), Cats (Tony Award nomination), Harrigan and Hart(Drama Desk Award nomination), Sunday in the Park with George, Imaginary Friends, andS pamalot. He was last seen in Chicago creating the role of General William Tecumseh Sherman in the 2012 world premiere of The March at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Mr. Groener is also a frequent face in film and television, most recognized as The Mayor in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Penny Metropulos returns to CST to direct the production after winning the Best Director Jeff Award for The Madness of King George III. Ms. Metropulos recently spent nineteen seasons with the renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival, twelve of which leading company as Associate Artistic Director. Representative credits there include Henry IV Part 1, The Philanderer, Lorca in a Green Dress (World Premiere), Antony and Cleopatra, As You Like It, The Tempest, The Good Person of Szechuan, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Death of a Salesman.
Joining Groener as Cyrano's love interest Roxane is Julie Jesneck, who makes her CST debut. Ms. Jesneck has been seen on Broadway as Diedre in Trevor Nunn's production of Rock 'n' Rolland Off-Broadway in Mary Broome and Love Goes To Press (Mint Theater). Her diverse credits include performances both classical, such as The Gaming Table (Folger Theatre) and Othello(The Old Globe), and in new works, including starring as Emm in the world premiere of Grace, or the Art of Climbing (Denver Center). Rounding out the love triangle is Nick Dillenburg as Christian, making his Chicago and CST debut. Dillenburg's New York credits include Hater (Ohio Theater), Henry V in Into the Hazard: Henry V (Walkerspace), and Taking Leave (Manhattan Class Company FreshPlay), with work at TheShakespeare Theatre Company, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Guthrie Theater, and Utah Shakespeare Festival.
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