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Pigeon Creek offers rarely-performed “Cymbeline” at three venues

Preview August 02, 2017 Encore Staff

The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company will perform Shakespeare’s Cymbeline in Grand Rapids, Spring Lake, and Jenison on multiple dates from August 11 through September 9.


The play, from late in Shakespeare’s writing career, follows Imogen, daughter of King Cymbeline, who is forced to run away from her father’s kingdom in disguised as a boy. At the start of the play, Imogen has become betrothed to Posthumous against the will of her father and her step-mother. Posthumous is banished from the kingdom, and through the machinations of the conniving Iachimo, comes to believe that Imogen has been unfaithful to him. When Posthumous sends a servant to kill her in revenge, Imogen must flee in disguise. Set against a battle between the Roman army and King Cymbelines Britons, the play contains fairy-tale and magical elements typical of Shakespeare’s later writing.

Pigeon Creek’s production is directed by Dennis Henry, a former actor at the American Shakespeare Center, who has previously directed Coriolanus, The Winter’s Tale, and Henry IV for Pigeon Creek. The cast features actors Kira Alsum, Alison Brito, Angela Boyle, Brooke Heintz, Kat Hermes, Noah King-Bates, Scott Lange, Amber Miller, Eric Orive, Tommy Ryan, Sarah Stark, and Jessi Towell.

The production will play at the following venues:

Dog Story Theater, 7 Jefferson SE in Grand Rapids
August 11, 12, 18, and 19 at 8:00 p.m.
August 13 and 20 at 3:00 p.m.
Tickets available at www.dogstorytheater.com.

Seven Steps Up, 116 South Jackson in Spring Lake
September 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets available at www.sevenstepsup.com.

Jenison Center for the Arts, 8375 20th Avenue in Jenison
September 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets available at www.jpsarts.org.