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Updated: March 09, 2016


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Foothill Stages Shakespeare’s Cymbeline November 6–22

The Foothill College Theatre Arts Department presents Cymbeline, one of Shakespeare’s most endearing romances, November 6–22 in the Lohman Theatre at the campus in Los Altos Hills. Tickets to all Thursday performances are $10.

It’s a great story and a great idea for date night. “Cymbeline certainly makes for a better date night than Titus Andronicus, Hamlet or one of the other nearly-everyone-is-dead-at-the-end plays,” says Foothill Theatre Arts Instructor Tom Gough, M.F.A., who directs Foothill’s production. “It’s got, count ‘em, three villains, a strong lead female, political intrigue and some of the most lovely poetry ever written by Shakespeare.”

From disguises to mistaken identities, and deceit to treachery, the play tells the tale of Cymbeline, the King of Britain, who has betrothed his only daughter, Imogen, to his new wife’s son, a thoroughly undesirable specimen of clueless arrogance. But headstrong Imogen secretly marries Posthumous, her true love. Upon discovering Imogen’s deception, Posthumous is banished from Britain. He then lands in Rome, the seat of the empire, where their love is tested through a series of fantastical schemes, challenges and surprising twists.

And Gough assures that audiences don’t need to be Shakespearian scholars to thoroughly enjoy Cymbeline. “While you may not understand every single word, Foothill’s cast and production team is vibrantly telling the story in ways that should make it clear and, we hope, compelling.” Combined with the intimate setting of Foothill’s Lohman Theatre, audiences will definitely connect with the show. “The intimacy of the small theatre setting provides an engrossing experience with a direct audience window into the delicate, fractured, endangered and joyous state of the human condition as presented through this work,” Gough says.

However, the play itself is rarely staged, and for that reason, Gough says it deserves more audience attention. “We’ve streamlined this extensive script and added some extra fun by giving the worlds of the play an overall makeover with such relatable contemporary elements as mafiosos, skater-punks and more,” he says. “This show really highlights the emerging artists within the college’s theatre arts department, as well as performers from our own community. It magnificently showcases some terrific talents.”

Foothill’s Cymbeline features Steven Ho of Cupertino, Erik Scilley of Livermore, Ronald Feichtmeir of Mountain View and Becca Gilbert of San Jose. The show’s ensemble includes Jade Bacalso and Nicholas Boucher of Cupertino; Thomas Busk of Morgan Hill; Lauren Ackerly, Fredric Lagerblad and John Ralston of Mountain View; Dee Baily of Portola Valley; Alexandra Velazquez and Marlena Westley of San Jose; Brittany Pisoni of San Mateo; Glenn Meadows of Santa Clara; and Ryan Pfeifer, Caitlyn Slavich and Jacob Weissman-Sharer of Sunnyvale.

Additional production credits include Yusuke Soi, scenic design; Kathleen O’Brien, costume design; Sean Kramer, lighting design; Katherine Arguello, properties design; Emmanuel Badalyan, sound design; Omi Grapp-Fant, stage management; and Erin Southard, assistant direction.

Thursday performances are November 12 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday shows are November 6–7, 13–14 and 20–21 at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees are November 15 and 22 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $20, general; $15, students, seniors and Foothill-De Anza employees; and $10, students with OwlCard and Foothill College employees (in-person purchase only). To purchase individual and group tickets and advance parking permits, call (650) 949-7360 or visit foothill.edu/theatre/tickets.

Parking Lot 8 provides the best access to the theatre. Purchase required parking permit for $3 from dispensers in any student lot. Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and credit/debit cards. Foothill College is located off I-280 on El Monte Road in Los Altos Hills. For additional information, visit foothill.edu.

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