NC Central University presents Cymbeline on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 3 pm, in NC Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC.
DIRECTOR : Gil Faison
STAGE MANAGER : Jocelyn Jones-Richardson
Imogen/Mother – Keyanna Alexander
First Gentlewoman/Second Lady/Lady/Guiderius/Second Senator – Aaliyah Batts
Iachimo/Belarius – Daniel Hargrove
Cloten/Cornelius/First Gaoler/Second Brother/Gaoler – Michael Huff
Posthumus/Jupiter – Sheldon Mba
Queen/Soothsayer/Second Gaoler – Destini Mewborn
Second Gentlewoman/First Lady/Frenchwoman
Arviragus/First Senator – Taylor Murrell
Messenger/Tribune/Captain/Lord/First Captain/Sicilius/First Brother – Auri Wild
ABOUT THE PLAY : Cymbeline, which takes places in ancient Britain, is filled with hidden identities, extraordinary schemes, and violent acts. Long ago, the two sons of King Cymbeline were abducted, leaving Cymbeline with a daughter, Imogen. Cymbeline’s stepson, Cloten, is now his heir, and Cymbeline expects Imogen to marry him. She secretly marries Posthumus Leonatus instead.
Banished from court, Posthumus makes a foolish bet on Imogen’s chastity, which leads to false evidence that she has betrayed him. He plots to have her killed, and starts by sending her on a journey. Meanwhile, still angry about Imogen’s marriage, Cloten plans to find and rape her.
Imogen—now disguised as a boy, “Fidele”—unwittingly encounters her brothers, who have grown up in a mountain cave unaware of their princely origins. The brothers kill Cloten, but Imogen, horrified, believes they have slain Posthumus.
Cymbeline, meanwhile, refuses to pay a tribute to the Romans, who invade Britain. After the Romans are repelled in battle, Cymbeline agrees to the tribute, his sons are restored, and Imogen and Posthumus are reconciled.
Folger Shakespeare Library. “Cymbeline.” Folger Shakespeare Library. n.d. Web. April 1, 2016.