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Shakespeare BASH’d puts women in the forefront in Cymbeline| Shakespeare in Toronto

By January 25, 2020 No Comments

Shakespeare Bash’d is starting the new year off right with their latest show – Cymbeline – at the Junction City Music Hall. It runs February 4 – 9, and tickets are available online in advance for $20 and $25 at the door (buy them in advance, though, because the shows always sell out!).

Fresh-off her first season at the Stratford Festival, BASH’d Co-Artistic Director Julia Nish-Lapidus helms this
fantastical interpretation of Shakespeare’s fairy tale of epic proportions. Using the intimacy of the barroom setting,
the audience turns accomplice for the characters in this story, being asked to consider their own complicity in the
murky sides of human nature.
Nish-Lapidus aims to anchor this sweeping story with the fierce heroine Innogen’s deeply personal journey.
BASH’d Associate Artistic Director Catherine Rainville, whose turn as Desdemona in last season’s production of
Othello garnered critical acclaim, takes on the challenging role, bringing out the character’s power, and flawed and
nuanced humanity. In true BASH’d style, the genders of several of the traditionally male characters have been
altered, offering a unique and fresh take, and allowing more female voices to tell this complicated story.

The forceful female cast bringing themselves to traditionally male roles includes Stratford Festival’s Déjah Dixon-
Green and Melanie Leon (Dauntless City Theatre) as the hidden heirs to Cymbeline’s throne, Kiana Woo (Theatre
Calgary) as Philario, who unwittingly starts the portending bet that catapults the action of the play, and Bailey
Green as Pisanio, Innogen’s confidante, illuminating a deep female relationship at the center of the story.

Rounding out the cast is an experienced group of actors including David Mackett (Artistic Producer of Fly on the
Wall Theatre) as the title character, Jesse Nerenberg (four seasons at St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival) as
Innogen’s banished husband Posthumous, Emilio Vieira (Shakespeare in High Park and Stratford Festival) as the
cocky and foolish villain Cloten, while his mother, the Queen (and evil stepmother to Innogen) is played by Mairi
Babb (War Horse, North American tour). BASH’d regular Daniel Briere (three seasons at Stratford Festival)
returns to play the manipulative soldier Iachimo and BASH’d Co-Artistic Director James Wallis returns to the stage
in the dual roles of the exiled Belarius and the Roman ambassador Caius Lucius.

Cymbeline marks BASH’d’s first foray into Shakespeare’s later plays. This intimate staging full of magic, romance,
and wickedly dramatic characters will challenge and excite Shakespeare and non-Shakespeare audiences alike.

This is sure to be an amazing show. Shakespeare Bash’d always do an amazing job making Shakespeare’s plays relevant and fresh for contemporary audiences. You don’t want to miss it!

Showtimes:
February 4 @ 7pm
February 5 @ 7pm
February 6 @ 7pm
February 7 @ 7pm
February 8 @ 2& 7 pm
February 9 @ 2pm

Buy tickets and find out more about the show at: https://www.shakespearebashd.com/

Author Tori Carlisle

Toronto Regional Editor. Tori is a passionate high school English teacher based in Toronto. She holds a BA from the University of Toronto in English, History, and Renaissance and Reformation Studies, an MA in English Literature from York University, and a Masters of Teaching from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She is a lover of all things Shakespeare and cats!

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