Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Bare Theatre's CYMBELINE
Bare Theatre mounts its 18th Shakespeare production with Cymbeline, a play that is loved by many actors and theatre practitioners, and was even a favorite of the great poet John Keats. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast below!
Though the story may be unfamiliar to some, it contains elements that will be recognized by Shakespeare lovers. Themes of forbidden love, fatherly pride, rebellion and jealousy are mingled with odious villains, mistaken identity, a crossdressing young heroine, and an epic battle leading some in the business to refer to Cymbeline as "Shakespeare's Greatest Hits."
Laura Bess Jernigan, a veteran actress and writer who was in Bare Theatre's very first production, directs this adventure in the cavernous hall of the Cordoba Arts Center at Golden Belt, in Durham. Honing in on themes of rebellion between a noble daughter and her father the king, between the Britons and the Romans Jernigan brings vibrancy and energy to this intimate, minimalist production with a cast of nine.
Jernigan assistant directed and played the role of Phoebe last summer in Bare Theatre's As You Like It. She was also seen in A Big Wig Production's Kindertransport at Burning Coal Theatre and Fuddy Meers at Theatre in the Park. Her play, HERO, recently had its London premiere with Theatre Libre.
Bare Theatre has received praise from publications around the Triangle for over nine years. Most recently, INDYweek honored Let Them Be Heard in its 2013 "Best of Triangle Theatre" list for Best Costumes (from David Serxner and Phillip B. Smith). The company also received a Best Original Music honor for last summer's As You Like It (from Greensboro stringband, The Zinc Kings). Bare Theatre is known for its minimalist, highenergy, physical approach to the works of Shakespeare, overlooked classics, and new works.