‘Cymbeline’ to be performed at Cordoba Center for the Arts
“Cymbeline” is a lesser known play by William Shakespeare, though it has the Bard’s elements of romance, violence, mistaken identity, villains and adventure. There’s also a theme of rebellion, which makes staging a production in an unusual space fitting, said Laura Bess Jernigan, who directs Bare Theatre’s minimalist production. “Cymbeline” will be performed in the Cordoba Center for the Arts at the former Golden Belt factory on the east end of downtown Durham. Performances run March 27 through April 12.
“The feel for this production is very underground and rebellious,” Jernigan said. “Cordoba Arts Center goes along with that feeling.”
The second floor of the building is bare bones, without a lighting or sound system. “It’s really just a space,” she said. “We’re doing it all with flood lights and boom boxes.” Vivid paint powder is used on the cast in the opening and mirrored in the war scene at the end.
The title character is a king, and his daughter Imogen doesn’t marry who Cymbeline wants her to, instead choosing Posthumus. There is banishment, pursuit, a wicked queen, betrayal and war.
“I think it’s a great adventure story,” Jernigan said. “It’s a very grand adventure with beautiful language. It’s not done very often, and should be more.” She said there are interwoven plot lines but it’s not as complicated as some other plays, and has the classic elements of Shakespeare.
Jernigan is also an actress but likes to direct for very specific things and has been interested in “Cymbeline” for years. Bare Theatre is adding to the complicated aspect of presenting “Cymbeline” by double casting, and using small added elements to basic costumes to suggest characters.
“The very rebellious feel of it, adventure of it and romance of it -- oh, I love the romance story,” Jernigan said.
WANT TO GO?
WHEN: March 27-April 12
WHERE: Cordoba Center for the Arts
923 Franklin St., Durham