Shakespeare takes the stage at FPU

By wayne.steffen on November 6, 2013 @ 4:41am

Cymbelinewill be performed at 8:00 p.m. Thursday-Saturday November 14-16 and 21-23 in Ashley Auditorium, McDonald Hall, on the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Tickets are $10 for general audiences and $5 for senior citizens and students. For more information, check the events calendar at http://events.fresno.eduor email

Set in Wales and based on legends concerning the early Celtic British King, Cymbeline offers separated lovers, a stern king, an evil stepmother, a loutish suitor and children stolen at birth. A dozen actors don the clothes of 21 characters to tell this story of loss and reconciliation. A boat-shaped stage symbolizes the voyage all people are on in search of wisdom and knowledge.

The student cast includes Laynee Roth (Clovis) as Imogen, Rayn Ruhl (Fresno) as Iachimo and Cory Wyse (Visalia) as Posthumus. Julia Reimer, Ph.D., associate professor of theater, is the director. Alumna Hannah Blatchford is the assistant director and Tabitha Graybill the stage manager.