8Cymbeline

January 2011 @ Theatre for a New Audience / August 2011 - January 2012 @ Barrow Street Theatre / December 2012 @ The Broad Stage

January 2011 @ Theatre for a New Audience / August 2011 - January 2012 @ Barrow Street Theatre / December 2012 @ The Broad Stage

“How hard it is to hide the sparks of nature!”

CREATIVE

writer
William Shakespeare

directors
Noah Brody
Ben Steinfeld

costume design
Whitney Locher

lighting design
Tim Cryan

trunk design
Jacques Roy

prop design
Caite Hevner

fight director
Noah Brody

music director
Ben Steinfeld

vocal coach
Cicely Berry

production stage manager
Christina Lowe

artwork
Frank “Fraver” Verlizzo

FEATURING

Jessie Austrian
Noah Brody
Paul L. Coffey
Andy Grotelueschen
Ben Steinfeld
Emily Young

 

January 2011 @ Theatre for a New Audience / August 2011 - January 2012 @ Barrow Street Theatre / December 2012 @ The Broad Stage

“If Romeo and Juliet is a comedy gone wrong, perhaps Cymbeline is a tragedy gone right,” say Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, co-directors of Fiasco Theater’s delightfully simple staging of the romance Cymbeline. As dizzyingly eventful a drama as Shakespeare ever conceived, Cymbeline tells of a beautiful princess separated from her beloved, the cruel step-mother who tries to foil her, a credulous husband duped by an adversary, an exiled nobleman who kidnaps a king’s sons and a Roman invasion of Britain. All that and more is neatly tucked into a lightning-paced, streamlined production in which six versatile actors play 14 roles. A plain white cloth becomes a sail, a bed sheet and a toga. A trunk becomes a ship. And all the while, these magical theatrical transformations playfully deepen the drama’s signature themes of error, deception and redemption.

CRITIC’S PICK! “The most truly enchanting CYMBELINE I’ve seen. Exquisite.”—Ben Brantley, New York Times

“A playful and inspired work of art…not only revived but honored.” —The New Yorker

“The Fiasco Company brings joyful music, playful inventiveness and just an air-kiss of irony to Shakespeare’s mock-epic. They remind us what theater, at its simplest and most powerful, is really for: the alchemical thrill of watching an entire world conjured into being out of sheer wit and will. A small masterpiece.”—Scott Brown, New York Magazine

“Cymbeline is transformed into a treat that celebrates Shakespeare and theater itself. No excuses for missing it this time!”—Michael Glitz, Huffington Post

“Fiasco’s rollicking trunk show is full of life and movement and humor and bluegrass.”—Entertainment Weekly

CRITIC’S PICK! “Hilarious!”—Time Out New York

“Fresh, frisky, jammed with playful theatricality and music to match. Besides being talented actors, they’re terrific musicians!”—NY Daily News

“Fiasco Theater’s charming production makes crystal-clear the endlessly convoluted plot developments of the Bard’s late-period romance. They youthful performers have a winning playfulness.”—Frank Scheck, New York Post

“Sincere with the dialogue and merry of heart, a young ensemble of actors adeptly and joyously handles acting, playing musical instruments and singing harmoniously. A genuinely lighthearted, playful production.”—Associated Press

“A marvelously acted, highly imaginative triumph – one of the three best Shakespeare’s that I’ve seen in decades in New York.”—National Review

“A frolicsome form of poor theater on an bare stage, Fiasco Theater gleefully undertake poisoning, beheading, cross-dressing and betrayal. The excitement is infectious!”—Alexis Soloski, The Village Voice