Cymbeline is one of Shakespeare’s most fantastical plays, making it a perfect fit for our magical 40th!
A brilliant princess, an evil queen, a misguided king and a thoroughly rotten clown are just some of the characters in this fairy tale romance, made even more whimsical and theatrical by Chris Coleman’s six-person adaptation, in which five actors and a musician play all the parts!
Shakespeare's Amazing Cymbeline
adapted by Chris Coleman
directed by Andy Park
Preview June 29
July 1, 5, 7, 13, 15, 19, 21, 27, 29
August 2, 4, 10, 12
Andy Park (Director) is excited to return to the Festival. Previous shows with ISF include Peter and the Starcatcher, Failure: A Love Story and Shakesfear. Andy recently was appointed Artistic Director of Nebraska Repertory Theatre and left Chicago where he served as Artistic Director of Quest Theatre Ensemble and Shedd Aquarium. Favorite directing projects include Seashore with TriArts Inc., Blue Nativity with Quest Theatre Ensemble, One World with Shedd Aquarium, Circus Crashers at Actors Gym, a spectacle for the Lollapalooza Music Festival, Cirque Shanghai at Navy Pier and Bai Xi at the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City. Visit stagedirector.org to learn more.
Joe C. Klug (Scenic Designer) is delighted to be working with Illinois Shakespeare Festival. His previous work includes A Midsummer Nights Dream, Merry Wives of Windsor (Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Conway), Devil's Music, The Doyle and Debbie Show (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre), The Life of Galileo and Our Class (Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, Chicago), The Little Mermaid (Orlando Rep), Lily's Purple Plastic Purse, Junie B. Jones is not a Crook (First Stage Theatre), Black Comedy and What the Butler Saw (Bristol Valley Theatre, NY). He currently is the Assistant Professor of Scenic Design at University of Arizona and is a proud member of USA Local 829.
Nicholas Hartman (Costume Designer) comes to us from Venice Theatre in sunny Venice Florida. As he has been the resident costume designer for Venice Theatre. Prior to that Nicholas was at RWS and Associates, in New York City a Corporate entertainment company. He had previously been the resident designer/shop manager with the Manatee Players at Riverfront Theatre in Bradenton, FL. He has also worked in the greater Chicago, IL area. Nicholas holds an associate’s degree from International Fine Arts College in Miami, FL as well as a bachelor of fine arts from Illinois State University. He holds numerous awards in costume design and construction at national and state levels including National Outstanding Best Costume Designer at the AACT.
Dan Ozminkowski (Lighting Designer)
Kieran Periera (Sound Designer)
Jordan Coughtry (Posthumus/Cloten/Belarius) ISF credits: Failure: A Love Story, Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors; New York: Very Very (J, J & Z), Murder in the Cathedral (Hoi Polloi), Be Story Free (InVerse Theatre), Winter Journey (P.S. 122). Regional: Godspell (Olney Theatre Center); Twelfth Night (Westport Country Playhouse); Red (TheatreWorks); Emma (Pioneer Theatre); Candida (Two River Theatre); All’s Well that Ends Well (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); Love’s Labour’s Lost (The Shakespeare Theatre/RSC); The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ (9 seasons) including Amadeus, Our Town, and Wittenberg; Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre (Artistic Collective member) including Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Thom Miller (Iachimo/Arviragus/Queen/2nd Captain) is thrilled to return to ISF. He was previously seen in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Love’s Labour’s Won, and Richard II. Favorite regional credits include: Company (Writer’s Theatre), Reasons To Be Pretty (Studio Theatre), The Last Five Years (Denver Center), Hair (Prince Music Theater), Macbeth (Texas Shakespeare Festival), Boeing Boeing (Northern Stage), Off-Broadway: Camp Wanatachi (La Mama), Mental: The Musical (Cherry Lane). Thom received a BFA in Acting from North Carolina School of the Arts and an MFA from the University of Illinois. He is a professor of Voice and Verse in the Department of Drama at Syracuse University.
Thom Quinn (Cymbeline/Philario/1st Lord/Captain)
Raffeal A. Sears (Pianist/Lady/Cornelius) A native of Kansas City, MO. He is a 3rd year MFA actor at University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign. He studied commercial vocal performance at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. He is a wedding and corporate vocalist for Starlight Orchestras in New York. Recent stage credits include: Staged reading of Master Wilder and the Cabala (Illinois Theatre/ Goodman Theatre), Romeo & Juliet (Illinois Theatre), Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea (Illinois Theatre), The Grapes of Wrath (Illinois Theatre), and Henry V (Armory Theater), The Play of Adam (The Met Cloisters, NY), Amazing the Change (Atlantic Theatre, NY), A Midsummer's Night Dream (Nashville Shakespeare Festival), Lost in the Part (Amity Hall, NY), In the Blood (The New School, NY), Moonchildren (Kansas City Rep, MO), and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day (The Coterie, MO). Voice Over: McDonald’s, Burger King, Grand Theft Auto.
Nisi Sturgis (Imogen) ISF credits: Gertie Fail, Lady Macbeth, and Luciana. She recently toured as Emily in Disgraced at the Goodman Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre (BATA award). Broadway: The 39 Steps. Off-Broadway: Intimate Apparel. Regional highlights: In the Next Room and Baskerville (Cleveland Play House, Baskerville also at Cincinnati Playhouse); Doubt, Mrs. Warren’s Profession (Denver Center); A Doll’s House, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Pentecost (The Old Globe); Streetcar Named Desire, Our Town (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ). TV: five seasons as June Thompson in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire (best ensemble SAG Award nomination). MFA: The Old Globe.
Patrick Toon (Pisanio/Frenchman/Lucius/Guiderius/1st Captain) has performed at regional theatres in Ohio, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Missouri, and Colorado as well as in numerous plays in New York City. Favorite roles include Roland in Constellations, Jaques in As You Like It, Jim in The Weir and especially Chaps in ReEntry, a play about mental health and the military which performed for active duty personnel and their families at bases around the country.
Coming Soon in Spring 2017!
Check back after opening (July 1, 2017)!