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Welcoming our new collaborator: Mónica Maffía

Welcoming our new collaborator: Mónica Maffía
By Cymbeline Anthropocene on Dec 17, 2020 in Project News

We are delighted to announce that internationally distinguished Argentinian playwright, translator, actor, and opera and theatre director Mónica Maffía will be joining Cymbeline in the Anthropocene. Dr. Maffía will create a new translation of Cymbeline in Castilian Spanish, which will be performed by her Buenos Aires-based theatre company, Setebos.

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Sharing Cymbeline: Acts IV and V

By Cymbeline Anthropocene on Dec 10, 2020 in Project News

Sharing Cymbeline, a community-sourced virtual project run by Shakespeare Link UK, has entered the action-packed, final half of Cymbeline. Submissions remain open for community performances of excerpts from the play's final act. In the videos below, directors of the Willow Globe Susanna Best and Philip Bowen (click here for our recent interview with Susanna and Philip!) recount the play's spectacular climax and denouement, giving potential community actors context for their performances.

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Ricardo II: Episode 3

By Cymbeline Anthropocene on Dec 03, 2020 in Fringe Projects

Episode three of Ricardo II: A Bilingual Adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard II reads like a miniature study of land relations by various factions across the Merced Shakespearefest's bilingual cast. Following the failed duel between Henry Bolingbroke and Tomás Mercedes/Mowbray, this episode follows Henry, his father John of Gaunt, and king Ricardo II, as the six-year exile of Henry introduces grief and geographical distance into the relationships between these characters. 

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Director interviews: Susanna Best & Philip Bowen

Director interviews: Susanna Best & Philip Bowen
By Cymbeline Anthropocene on Nov 26, 2020 in Project News

Continuing our series of interviews with our collaborating directors, we turn to Susanna Best and Philip Bowen of the Willow Globe theatre, located in the Welsh countryside. Read on to find out how the Shakespeare Link UK company of this living, tree-grown theatre are adapting their theatre practice to the ongoing pandemic, along with some hints about their upcoming Cymbeline production!

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Crafting hope during COVID lockdown

Crafting hope during COVID lockdown
By Cymbeline Anthropocene on Nov 19, 2020 in Cymbeline and the World

Following Cymbeline in the Anthropocene’s first planning meeting last February in Santa Barbara, California, our collaborators created a wordcloud of major terms that emerged from its conversations and workshops. After mulling in our collaborator’s minds and Twitter archives during these months of global pandemic lockdowns, the wordcloud has now found physical form in a embroidered rendition, hand-crafted by our project researcher and website manager, Rebecca Salazar. The embroidery, pictured above, represents all the terms in our wordcloud in shades of green and grey as they wheel around a central pink flower, with all elements joined by black vines over a black background.

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Ricardo II: Episode 2

By Cymbeline Anthropocene on Nov 17, 2020 in Fringe Projects

Episode two of Merced Shakespearefest's Ricardo II: A Bilingual Adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard II features the interrupted duel between Henry Bolingbroke and Tomás Mercedes/Mowbray. As the king enters to invite the opponents in, he first officiously removes a blue cotton face mask before speaking, highlighting how this production has integrated covid-19 safety measures into the blocking and costuming of this live-filmed performance.

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"Shakespeare and the weight of this sad time:" Antoni Cimolino at McGill

By Cymbeline Anthropocene on Nov 12, 2020 in Fringe Projects

In this 2020 Shakespeare lecture presented to McGill University’s Friends of the Library in partnership with the Festival, Cimolino argues that performing and responding to Shakespeare strengthens our existential resilience and empathy in the face of pandemic, climate-change, and political uncertainties.

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Ricardo II: Bilingual Shakespeare

By Cymbeline Anthropocene on Nov 05, 2020 in Fringe Projects

As theatres continue to adapt their productions to continuing global pandemic measures, theatre companies like Merced Shakespearefest are transforming some productions into film. Enter Ricardo II: A Bilingual Adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard II, a production originally intended for the stage, which has begun airing in weekly episodes on Merced Shakespearefest's Youtube channel.

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Director Interviews: Dunay Yespaev Amandykovich

Director Interviews: Dunay Yespaev Amandykovich
By Cymbeline Anthropocene on Oct 30, 2020 in Project News

In the second of our interviews with Cymbeline in the Anthropocene's collaborating directors, we spoke to Dunay Yespaev Amandykovich of the Stanislavsky Theatre in Karaganda, Kazakhstan. Read below for a glimpse of how theatres in Kazakhstan are adapting to Covid-19 conditions, and keep an eye on this blog for more directors' interviews soon!

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Other Cymbelines: YXE Shakespeare Lab

Other Cymbelines: YXE Shakespeare Lab
By Cymbeline Anthropocene on Oct 22, 2020 in Other Cymbelines

In our second installment of the Other Cymbelines series features a stripped-down production of Cymbeline  by the YXE Shakespeare Lab in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, as told by project leader Skye Brandon.

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