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She Doth Persist Presents Cymbeline by William Shakespeare

08/23/18 through 09/02/18

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23-08-2018 12:00:00 02-09-2018 12:00:00 America/New_York She Doth Persist Presents Cymbeline by William Shakespeare Barefoot Shakespeare Company and Occupy Verona are teaming up for “She Doth Persist,” a season celebrating feminism and activism. The final show of the season is Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. All performances will be held at Summit Rock in Central Park and admission is free. She Doth Persist is taking a contemporary take on Cymbeline. It is 2018 and our country is in crisis: alienated, insular, and divided. In an attempt to preserve tradition, Cymbeline, pressured by his self-serving wife, arranges for his daughter and heir, Imogen, to be married off to a privileged, arrogant example of male toxicity. Her refusal and subsequent foray into the forest in disguise begins a journey fraught with danger, power, and jealousy. Will she persist? The show is directed by Barefoot President, Emily Gallagher. “We wanted to get uncomfortable this season and explore division and reconciliation,” says Gallagher. “How do two opposing sides come together and learn to live amicably? Is that even possible? The themes in this play regarding those who are ‘othered,’ men who think of women as objects, and displaced children all resonate with our current cultural climate and begged to be explored. As is typical of Shakespeare, it is the relationships that drive this play forward and so we look to Imogen and those she interacts with to help us navigate overcoming our differences and teach us how we can ‘...live, and deal with others better.’” This summer’s cast includes both alumni and newcomers: Claire Alexander, Nia Calloway, Alex Gomez, Peter Kendall, Isaac Allen Miller, Evelyn Peralta, Miles Phillips, Jerry Raik, Joe Raik, Callan Suozzi-Rearic, and Emily Thaler. Original music will be written by James Kivlen. All shows will take place at Summit Rock in Central Park on the following dates and times: Thursday, August 23 at 6 PM; Friday, August 24 at 6 PM; Saturday, August 25 at 4 PM; Thursday, August 30 at 6 PM; Friday, August 31 at 6 PM; Saturday, September 1 at 4 PM; and Sunday, September 2 at 4 PM. Admission for all performances is free. About Barefoot Shakespeare Company Barefoot Shakespeare Company was formed in 2012 with the mission of bringing Shakespeare’s work to a wide and diverse audience with a pedestrian, engaging, and modern outlook on the works of the Bard. They strive to create work that is grounded, accessible and applicable and seek to approach all of Shakespeare’s texts with energy, enthusiasm, and excitement. Located in New York City, Barefoot Shakespeare Company takes full advantage of the beauty of Manhattan’s central park to bring Shakespeare alive against a backdrop of a specifically American time and place. About Occupy Verona Occupy Verona has been bringing live, vital, spontaneous theatre to the streets of New York since its founding in 2012. Combining a bare bones, text-driven approach to the classics with a flash mob-style performance sensibility, they make the city their stage and its denizens their unwitting audience. In addition to full length Shakespeare plays performed in public spaces, they are known for the Brawl Crawl, a hilariously violent Shakespeare pub crawl, and for their irreverent, original Bard-inspired comedies. http://www.cityguideny.com/eventinfo.cfm?id=322236 Summit Rock, Central Park Summit Rock, Central Park

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Barefoot Shakespeare Company and Occupy Verona are teaming up for “She Doth Persist,” a season celebrating feminism and activism. The final show of the season is Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. All performances will be held at Summit Rock in Central Park and admission is free. She Doth Persist is taking a contemporary take on Cymbeline. It is 2018 and our country is in crisis: alienated, insular, and divided. In an attempt to preserve tradition, Cymbeline, pressured by his self-serving wife, arranges for his daughter and heir, Imogen, to be married off to a privileged, arrogant example of male toxicity. Her refusal and subsequent foray into the forest in disguise begins a journey fraught with danger, power, and jealousy. Will she persist? The show is directed by Barefoot President, Emily Gallagher. “We wanted to get uncomfortable this season and explore division and reconciliation,” says Gallagher. “How do two opposing sides come together and learn to live amicably? Is that even possible? The themes in this play regarding those who are ‘othered,’ men who think of women as objects, and displaced children all resonate with our current cultural climate and begged to be explored. As is typical of Shakespeare, it is the relationships that drive this play forward and so we look to Imogen and those she interacts with to help us navigate overcoming our differences and teach us how we can ‘...live, and deal with others better.’” This summer’s cast includes both alumni and newcomers: Claire Alexander, Nia Calloway, Alex Gomez, Peter Kendall, Isaac Allen Miller, Evelyn Peralta, Miles Phillips, Jerry Raik, Joe Raik, Callan Suozzi-Rearic, and Emily Thaler. Original music will be written by James Kivlen. All shows will take place at Summit Rock in Central Park on the following dates and times: Thursday, August 23 at 6 PM; Friday, August 24 at 6 PM; Saturday, August 25 at 4 PM; Thursday, August 30 at 6 PM; Friday, August 31 at 6 PM; Saturday, September 1 at 4 PM; and Sunday, September 2 at 4 PM. Admission for all performances is free. About Barefoot Shakespeare Company Barefoot Shakespeare Company was formed in 2012 with the mission of bringing Shakespeare’s work to a wide and diverse audience with a pedestrian, engaging, and modern outlook on the works of the Bard. They strive to create work that is grounded, accessible and applicable and seek to approach all of Shakespeare’s texts with energy, enthusiasm, and excitement. Located in New York City, Barefoot Shakespeare Company takes full advantage of the beauty of Manhattan’s central park to bring Shakespeare alive against a backdrop of a specifically American time and place. About Occupy Verona Occupy Verona has been bringing live, vital, spontaneous theatre to the streets of New York since its founding in 2012. Combining a bare bones, text-driven approach to the classics with a flash mob-style performance sensibility, they make the city their stage and its denizens their unwitting audience. In addition to full length Shakespeare plays performed in public spaces, they are known for the Brawl Crawl, a hilariously violent Shakespeare pub crawl, and for their irreverent, original Bard-inspired comedies.

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