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.
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.
This production is made possible in part by the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Macedonian director Slobodan Unkovski (The Winter's Tale) returns after an absence of ten years, having directed the A.R.T.'s production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle. His most recent work includes Molière's The Misanthrope at the Slovenian National Theatre in Ljubljana and the Macedonian premiere of Patrick Marber's Closer, as well as numerous other productions in Yugoslavia, Slovenia, Belgium, Russia, Great Britain, and Macedonia. His production of Dejan Dukovski's Powder Keg opened the Biennale in Bonn, Germany; and his other work was seen at festivals in France, Germany, Venezuela, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, and Italy, and he received a number of national and international awards for Best Production and Best Director. Mr. Unkovski served as Minister of Culture of Macedonia from 1996-1998, was a visiting Fulbright Scholar at the City University of New York and a visiting professor at the A.R.T./MXAT Institute, and is currently of Skopje in Macedonia.
Set design by
Set design by
Slovenian designer and director Meta Hocevar (The Winter's Tale) previously collaborated with Slobodan Unkovski at the American Repertory Theater on The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and has designed numerous of his productions including, most recently, The Misanthrope. She was trained as an architect, but has spent her career in theater design. She has created productions for theatres in Sarajevo, Skopje, Zagreb, Belgrade, and Dubrovnik, as well as abroad in Germany, Russia, and Austria, where she recently created Euripides's Trojans for the Vienna Volkstheater. She directed Dusan Jovanovic's Antigona; Visit, an adaptation of Yukio Mishima's Hanjo; and Family Album, a paraphrase of Ibsen's The Wild Duck, for the Vienna Festival. Ms. Hocevar is dean of the Academy of Theatre and Film in Ljubljana.
Costume design by
Costume design by
Catherine Zuber has created the costumes for Richard II, The Doctor's Dilemma, and over forty other A.R.T. productions including Three Farces and a Funeral, Antigone, Loot, The Idiots Karamazov, Ivanov, Phaedra, The Merchant of Venice, Valparaiso, The Imaginary Invalid, The Taming of the Shrew, Peter Pan and Wendy, The Bacchae, Man and Superman, The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari, Woyzeck, The Wild Duck, The Naked Eye, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Tartuffe, Ubu Rock, Waiting for Godot, The Oresteia, Shlemiel the First, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, A Touch of the Poet, What the Butler Saw, The Cherry Orchard, and Orphée. Ms. Zuber's credits include work at Lincoln Center, The Joseph Papp Public Theater, Goodman Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, and Glimmerglass Opera, among others. Her Broadway credits include The Triumph of Love (Connecticut Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk nomination), Ivanov (Drama Desk nomination), The Sound of Music, Twelfth Night, The Red Shoes, London Assurance, The Rose Tattoo, and Philadelphia Here I Come. Ms. Zuber was the recipient of the 1997 Obie Award for sustained achievement in design. She is the costume designer for La Fête des Vignerons de 1999, the massive Festival of the Winegrowers in Vevey, Switzerland.
Lighting design by
Lighting design by
Lighting Designer John Ambrosone has designed over thirty productions for the American Repertory Theater, including Lysistrata, Absolution, Marat/Sade, Othello, Animals and Plants, Mother Courage (2001 Elliot Norton Design Award), The Doctor's Dilemma, Three Farces and a Funeral, Nocturne, Ivanov, The Cripple of Inishmaan, The King Stag, Boston Marriage, Charlie in the House of Rue, Valparaiso, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, How I Learned to Drive, Nobody Dies on Friday, Man and Superman, The Old Neighborhood, When the World Was Green (A Chef's Fable), Alice in Bed, Slaughter City, and Buried Child. On Broadway he designed The Old Neighborhood. Work in resident theaters includes the Alley Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, the Coconut Grove Playhouse, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Walnut Street Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, and Arena Stage. Mr. Ambrosone also has designed in Singapore, Moscow, Japan, Brazil, Taiwan, Mexico, Germany, and France.
Sound design and music by
Sound design and music by
Christopher Walker has composed music and designed sound for We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!, Phaedra, Beckett Trio: Eh Joe, Ghost Trio, and Nacht und Traüme, and An Evening of Beckett, and designed sound for The King Stag, Loot, The Idiots Karamazov, Ivanov, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Charlie in the House of Rue, The Merchant of Venice, Valparaiso, The Taming of the Shrew, The Bacchae, The Wild Duck, Woyzeck, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The Wild Duck, Alice in Bed, Slaughter City, Buried Child, Ubu Rock, The Threepenny Opera, The Accident, Demons, Waiting for Godot, The Oresteia, Hot 'n' Throbbing, The America Play, A Touch of the Poet, The Cherry Orchard, What the Butler Saw, and Those the River Keeps at the A.R.T. Previously he composed music and designed sound for productions at the Intiman Theatre, the Bathhouse Theatre, and the Alice B. Theatre. He also scores for dance and has composed for the Allegro Dance Festival, the Bumbershoot Festival, and On The Boards.
|Leontes, King of Sicilia
|Hermione, Queen to Leontes
|Mamillius, youg Prince of Sicilia
|Amos Lichtman or Oliver Poole
|Camillo, a lord of Sicilia
|Cleomenes, a lord of Sicilia
|Dion, a lord of Sicilia
|Antigonus, a lord of Sicilia
|Paulina, wife to Antigonus
|Emilia, waiting-woman to Hermione
|Martin Berryman, Eliza Terrazas
|Polixenes, King of Bohemia
|John Douglas Thompson
|Florizel, Prince of Bohemia
|Archidamus, Lord of Bohemia
|Old Shepherd, reputed father of Perdita
|Clown, his son
|Perdita, daughter to Leontes and Hermione
|Autolycus, a rogue
|Mopsa, a shepherdess
|Dorcas, a shepherdess
|Other parts played by members of the company.