The Winter's Tale
A.R.T. Season
May 12, 2000 through June 11, 2000

Shakespeare's greatest exploration of the cycles of human life. From the savage tragedy of jealous Leontes to the festive comedy of Perdita and Florizel, the play combines elements from each dramatic genre with Shakespeare's most searing poetry, concluding our season with a thrilling exploration of the healing, redemptive power of time.

SYNOPSIS

Polixenes, King of Bohemia, has been visiting his boyhood friend Leontes, King of Sicilia, for nine months. He is now preparing to leave for home, but Hermione, Leontes' wife, asks him to stay. When he agrees, Leontes quickly grows suspicious, and fearing that Polixines and Hermione are having a secret affair, he orders his counselor Camillo to poison Polixines.

Camillo warns Polixenes of Leontes' jealousy, and they escape together to Bohemia. Leontes takes their flight as confirmation of his suspicions and throws Hermione in jail, where she gives birth to a daughter. Leontes disowns the child and orders that she be killed. Even when the oracle at Delphi affirms Hermione's innocence, Leontes remains obdurate. Only when his own son dies, and Hermione is also reported dead, does he repent.

Hermione's daughter Perdita is abandoned on the coast of Bohemia, where she is discovered and raised by shepherds. Sixteen years later, Perdita falls in love with Florizel, Polixenes' son, who resolves to marry her. Polixenes, believing Perdita to be the a shepherd's daughter, opposes the match, and the young lovers flee to Sicilia, where they meet the grieving Leontes.

Creative team
by

William Shakespeare

Directed by Slobodan Unkovski
Set design by Meta Hocevar
Costume design by Catherine Zuber
Lighting design by John Ambrosone
Sound design and music by Christopher Walker
Sicilia  
Leontes, King of Sicilia Henry Woronicz
Hermione, Queen to Leontes Mirjana Jokovic
Mamillius, youg Prince of Sicilia Amos Lichtman or Oliver Poole
Camillo, a lord of Sicilia Alvin Epstein
Cleomenes, a lord of Sicilia Matthew Francis
Dion, a lord of Sicilia Aaron Kleven
Antigonus, a lord of Sicilia Douglas Goodenough
Paulina, wife to Antigonus Karen MacDonald
Emilia, waiting-woman to Hermione Denise Williams
Courtiers Martin Berryman, Eliza Terrazas
Bohemia  
Polixenes, King of Bohemia John Douglas Thompson
Florizel, Prince of Bohemia Jovan Rameau
Archidamus, Lord of Bohemia Aaron Kleven
Old Shepherd, reputed father of Perdita Jeremy Geidt
Clown, his son Remo Airaldi
Perdita, daughter to Leontes and Hermione Sarah Howe
Autolycus, a rogue Thomas Derrah
Mopsa, a shepherdess Denise Williams
Dorcas, a shepherdess Naeemah White-Peppers
Time Benjamin Evett
Other parts played by members of the company.  
   

 

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Run time

3 hours with 1 intermission

Venue

64 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Access

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This production is made possible in part by the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts.