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Jennifer Tober, founding artistic director, welcomes audiences to CYMBELINE, wherever you are in September 2020.

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A story for our times, delivered to where you are...CYMBELINE.

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks presents CYMBELINE, Shakespeare's Fairy Tale.

Banishment. A wicked stepmother. A magic potion. Mistaken identities. Shakespeare's fairy tale conjures the mystical journey of a Celtic princess--Imogen--against all odds. Searching for her true love, Imogen navigates a hazardous yet magical world as only a Shakespearean heroine can. PSIP presents Shakespeare's fascinating romance, first performed in 1611 and seldom seen in Pittsburgh.

In 2020, you will have multiple opportunities to explore the intrigue and adventure of CYMBELINE every weekend in September. Our creative adaptation will begin with a weekly installment and revisit of the prior acts and culminate with the full show the final week of September.

CYMBELINE runs LIVE on YouTube on Friday nights in September at 7pm via a link provided upon your RSVP. The show will be immediately available through the following Friday on YouTube. You may watch at any time.

Live events with the company follow on Zoom for each performance. The show will be immediately available through the following Friday on YouTube and linked to our social media platforms.

TWO WAYS TO RSVP

You will receive all show links AND the Zoom links to join any/all of our post-show programs (see complete schedule below).

Friday night curtain time is 7 pm. Run time for each part is up to 45 minutes in addition to pre/post-show features. The complete production event will run approximately 100 minutes.

Click here to read our digtal show program book online (PDF). Printable version also available (PDF).

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks depends on your donations to keep our events free for all.

Part 1: Love and Falsehood - LIVE Friday, September 4

Opening night talk back. Pour a beverage, grab a snack and meet the company.

Part 2: Betrayal and Conspiracy - LIVE Friday, September 11

Featured in the 2020 Britsburgh Festival which offers a special event with our director following Part 2.

Part 3: Bloodshed and Grace - LIVE Friday, September 18

Sonnet-a-thon! Have your favorites ready to share after the show in the YouTube room where it happens. Hosted by Jennifer Tober.

Season finale - CYMBELINE - the complete 100-minute production - LIVE on Friday, September 25

Closing weekend toasts and tales with the actors. Prepare your own Shakespeare-themed drink.

WATCH PARTIES - Create your own event for the LIVE YouTube event each Friday at 7 pm or anytime after that on YouTube through 8 pm on the following Friday.

CYMBELINE EDUCATIONAL ADVENTURES

Make Your Own Puppet Workshop with Lisa Leibering

Meet our puppet creator on YouTube for a special workshop inspired by Lisa's imaginative puppets in CYMBELINE. Did you know our actors use 36 puppets in the show? Learn more about how they do it!

PSIP Parents' and Kids' Guide: Explore a synopsis and director's notes, as well as pen and pencil activities (word search and scramble), hands-on crafts (make your own puppets), and prompts for exploration of story and design (mix your fairy tale, imagine your own production). We also provide links to free online scripts and educational materials and activities created by other theater companies. Connect to all these resources here.

Jeffrey ChipsCymbeline

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks stages Cymbeline, Shakespeare's fairy tale, for PSIP's 16th season.

The drama is set in ancient Britain and is based on legends surrounding the early Celtic king, Cunobeline.

Jeffrey Chips will direct the production. Jeff previously staged King Lear for PSIP (2015) and has acted in several productions.

Follow Jeff's DIRECTOR'S DIARY on YouTube. Subscribe to our channel and don't miss a thing!

Lisa Liebering, production designer, brings imaginative costume, scenic, and puppetry elements to our intimate production. Watch for details on Lisa's MAKE YOUR OWN PUPPET workshop!

Stage Manager: Emily Gallagher

Watch for our online previews of Cymbeline!

The Cast

Ronald H. Siebert
Ronald H. Siebert as King Cymbeline
Jennifer Tober
Jennifer Tober as Imogen

Irene Alby as Posthumous Leonatus, Lady, Roman Captain
Catherine Baird as Iachamo/Cornelius Attendant/1st British Captain
Bob Colbert as Colten/Caius Lucius, Second Roman Captain, Gaoler
Aaron Crutchfield as Pisanio/Philario, Messenger, Sicillua Leonatus
Christine McGrath as Arviragus/2nd Lord, Messenger
Kelsey Robinson as Guiderius/1st Lord, Attendant
Tracey D. Turner as Queen/Belarus, Mother Leonatus

What's different this season: Public health considerations around the COVID-19 virus require us to present online. All events will be accessible live on YouTube and immediately after on YouTube, Facebook and other platforms. The format will provide multiple dates and opportunities for viewing, planning watch parties, and much more!

PSIP is a partner with BRITSBURGH, and CYMBELINE is featured in the 2020 Britsburgh Festival, running September 7-13, 2020.


Season sponsor: Pip & Lola's Everything Homemade


Media sponsor: WESA/WYEP and Print



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Bringing free Shakespeare to the Steel City since 2005.

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Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks' productions are supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Additional support from:

  • The Fine Foundation
  • PNC Charitable Trust
  • PA Partners (Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council)
  • New Sun Rising



Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks celebrates 16 seasons of bringing FREE Shakespeare plays to the Steel City!

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