Amherst’s Theater & Dance Season Kicks off with Shakespeare, Reimagined

September 7, 2015
By Rachel Rogol

Photo by Scott Treadway

In the earliest years of the 17th century, Shakespeare wrote a little known play called Pericles, Prince of Tyre. This Wednesday through Saturday, Sept 9–12, Amherst’s Holden Experimental Theater transforms into the world Pericles inhabits, complete with shipwrecks, assassins, pirates, romance, and the heart-breaking story of a family torn apart.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre, kicks off Amherst’s Theater and Dance 2015–16 season. And even if you’ve seen a production of Pericles before, chances are you haven’t seen it like this.

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Cymbeline

See a Flickr set of more photos from Cymbeline.

Three nights in a row in Amherst's Holden Experimental Theater, the Department of Theater and Dance presented Shakespeare's rarely produced play Cymbeline. Written around 1610, Cymbeline is a tale of royal intrigue, strange coincidences, romantic betrayal, war and divine guidance. (Hollywood has recently taken notice of the story: it's coming to a theater near you in 2015, as a major motion picture starring Ethan Hawke and Ed Harris).

Ron Bashford, a professional director of Shakespeare and a faculty member at Amherst, knew Morgan Ashly Brown '15 was looking for a challenging acting role for her senior project in theater and dance. He suggested the complex part-tragedy part-comedy Cymbeline, and Brown took on the leading role of Imogen, an exiled princess whose harrowing journey uncovers the secret to renewed peace and harmony. Bashford directed the Holden Theater production, which featured a large cast of student actors in contemporary dress.

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