The company playing the circa 1611 tale of a secret marriage between a princess and a commoner — with estrangement, long journeys, deceitful enemies, mistaken identity and magic potions thrown in for good measure — includes STC veteran Ted van Griethuysen as King Cymbeline, Franchelle Stewart Dorn as the Queen, Gretchen Hall as Imogen, plus Justin Badger as Guiderius, Mark Bedard as Posthumus Leonatus, Zoe W. Briscoe as Girl, Adrian LaTourelle as Iachimo, Andrew Long as Caius Lucius, Leo Marks as Cloten, Alex Morf as Arviragus, Dee Pelletier as Storyteller, Michael Rudko as Belarius, Todd Scofield as Philario, Jenn Walker as Helen, William Youmans as Pisanio and ensemble members Katie Atkinson, Brian Clowdus, Adam Ewer, Ben Horen, Kevin Stevens, Tom Story, James Whalen and Hannah Wolfe. The play is often referred to as a fairy tale. Taichman said in a statement, "Cymbeline resists definition at every enchanted turn. There's something here that feels like a bid for freedom — from rules, logic, tonal consistency, from the mortal world. Everything keeps pointing to the inexplicable. They say children learn about the messiness and ugliness of life through fairy tales. And that fairy tales are uniquely capable of transforming terrible pain into hope. I see Cymbeline through this lens."
The director has re-assembled the design team that brought audiences the Helen Hayes Award-winning Twelfth Night in 2008: lighting designer Christopher Akerlind, costume designer Miranda Hoffman and scenic designer Riccardo Hernandez. Composer and sound designer Andre Pluess joins the group.
Opening night is March 24. Performances will play STC's Lansburgh Theatre at 450 7th St. NW. To reserve tickets and for more information, call the box office at (202) 547-1122, or go online to ShakespeareTheatre.org.