Kelley, Solis, Baskin, Wilson, Rideout, LeBow and More Set for A.R.T.'s Cardenio

News   Kelley, Solis, Baskin, Wilson, Rideout, LeBow and More Set for A.R.T.'s Cardenio American Repertory Theatre in association with The Joseph Papp Public Theater will present the world premiere of Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt and playwright Charles L. Mee's Cardenio in May.

Performances at the Loeb Drama Center will begin May 10 under the direction of Les Waters. The limited engagement will run through June 8.

The Cardenio cast will feature Remo Airaldi as Rudi, Thomas Derrah as Melchiore, Will LeBow as Alfred, Karen MacDonald as Luisa, Nathan Keepers as Edmund, Mickey Solis as Anselmo, Rebecca Luttio as Simonetta, Maria Elena Ramirez as Doris, Leenya Rideout as Susanna, Sarah Baskin as Camila, Thomas Kelley as Will and Elizabeth Wilson as Sally.

"For their wedding," Cardenio press notes state, "Anselmo and Camila retreat with their closest friends to a villa in Umbria. Between the ceremony and the celebration, Anselmo begs Will, his best man, to flirt with his new wife to test her faithfulness. While Will struggles between appeasing his friend and probing his feelings for Camila, Anselmo's parents, both aging actors, crash the party. They bring with them two surprises – a lost play by Shakespeare and Anselmo's ravishing former classmate, Susana, to star in the play."

Using Shakespeare's comedies as inspiration, Cardenio updates several classic conventions: the traditional criss-crossing of suspicious lovers and a cunning Iago-like meddler.

The production will feature set design by Annie Smart, costume design by Christal Weatherly, lighting design by James Ingalls, sound design by David Remedios and movement by Doug Elkins. Tickets, priced $15-$79, are available by calling (617) 547-8300 or by visiting www.amrep.org.

The American Repertory Theatre is located at the Loeb Drama Center in Harvard Square at 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA.