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Imogen and her suitors
Imogen and her suitors
Shakespeare's "Cymbeline" gets 1980s spin in WOU's spring theatre production (Photo) - 05/05/16
Western Oregon University's Theatre Department to produce "Cymbeline," directed by Ted deChatelet, as the spring performance. Shows will be nightly at 7:30 p.m. in Rice Auditorium from May 25 through 28, with a special matinee performance at 2 p.m. on May 28. The evening show on May 27 will be interpreted in American Sign Language.

Shakespeare takes some of his most famous plots and mixes them together in "Cymbeline," dealing with themes of innocence and jealousy. Alternately classified as a tragedy and a romance, deChatelet has applied a comedic tone to this more contemporary retelling set in the 1980s. The fairy tale tells the story of Princess Imogen, whose fidelity is put to the royal test when her disapproving father banishes her soul mate and havoc ensues. The stage is thus filled with cross-dressing girls and boys, poisons and sword-fighting, and dastardly villains, offering an enchanting romp tinged with tragedy yet also offering a lesson about the invincibility of love.

The cast is as follows: Cymbeline played by David Janoviak (Milwaukee, Wis.), Imogen played by Lindsay Spear (Portland, Ore.), Posthumus played by Stephen Nielson (Salem, Ore., Guiderius played by Janelle Rae Davis (Lincoln City, Ore.), Arviragus played by Burke De Boer (Prineville, Ore.), Blearius played by Edgar Lopez (Portland, Ore.), Queen played by Angie de Morgan (Darmstadt, Germany), Cloten played by Andrew Thornton (Dallas, Ore.), Dr. Cornelius played by JennyLynn Dietritch (Seattle, Wash.), Cornelius' Assistant played by Becky Bond (Lebanon, Ore.), Pisanio played by Mindy Mawhirter (Medford, Ore.), Helen played by Stephanie Kintz (Stayton, Ore.), Caiaus played by Lucius Elise Barberis (Portland, Ore.), Philario played by Micheal Morris (Wilamina, Ore.), Iachimo played by Declan Hertel (Rocklin, Calif.), Ensemble/Lord played by Zach Stearns (Salem, Ore.), Ensemble/Lord played by Nathaniel Dunaway (Prineville, Ore.), Ensemble/Frenchman played by Zachary Warner (Gresham, Ore.), Ensemble/Musician played by Oliver Bergh (Lake Oswego, Ore.), Ensemble/Captain played by Natalie Doerfler (Milwaukie, Ore.), and Ensemble/Messenger played by Alex Quarrell (Kingston, Wash.).

Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for seniors, and $7 for students. They can be purchased from the Rice Auditorium Box Office at 503-838-8462. For information about the full 2015-16 season, including the final performance of the year in July ("A Midsummer Night's Dream"), visit wou.edu/theatre-dance/events-tickets.

If attendees have a disability that may require accommodation in order to attend this show, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 503-838-8250 or ods@wou.edu at least 72 hours in advance.

About WOU
Western Oregon University (WOU), founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is Oregon's oldest public university. The university has received national recognition for excellence for its focus on student learning and success by the Education Trust, US. News and World Report, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, National Association of Academic Advisors, and Parade Magazine. In 2015 WOU was recognized by the Education Trust as being a leader in graduating Pell Grant recipients and in 2010 as the top university in America at eliminating the Latino graduation gap. WOU is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.