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Ricardo II: Episodes 7 & 8

By Cymbeline Anthropocene on Feb 16, 2021 in Fringe Projects

Episodes 7 and 8 of Merced Shakespearefest's Ricardo II: A Bilingual Adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard II document the impetuous king's breakdown, leading to him reliquishing the throne to Henry Bolingbroke.

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A Caged Bird's Song: An Avian Cymbeline

A Caged Bird's Song: An Avian Cymbeline
By Cymbeline Anthropocene on Feb 11, 2021 in Other Cymbelines

Amber Loper’s A Caged Bird’s Song: An Avian Adaptation of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline  is a brilliant creation of the ecocritical and post-human imagination. Inspired by the play’s abundant bird imagery and Rebecca Ann Bach’s "Avian Shakespeare," Loper playfully reimagines Shakespeare’s original characters and conflicts from the viewpoint of birds in order to bring to life their hardships in the environmentally degraded conditions of 20th and 21st century California.

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Ricardo II: Episode 6

By Cymbeline Anthropocene on Feb 08, 2021 in Fringe Projects

Episode six of Merced Shakespearefest’s Ricardo II…., entitled “Derechos y Regalias / Rights and Royalties” dramatizes the play’s power imbalances through vastly contrasting natural settings. The king’s excesses and mismanagement of resources are embodied in the stark contrast between the almost literally scorched earth he has left across the land, and the artificial lushness of the spaces he himself inhabits.

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Soundtrack: Fidele's Burial Song

Soundtrack: Fidele's Burial Song
By Cymbeline Anthropocene on Jan 28, 2021 in Project News

In Fall 2020, the English Senior Capstone course at UC Merced, led by Dr. Katherine Steele Brokaw, spent the semester researching Shakespeare and Ecology. Students read the work of several ecocritics and environmental activists, as well as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, and Cymbeline. The students developed their own research projects, and also did collaborative research projects related to an eco-adaptation of Cymbeline, in anticipation of Shakespeare in Yosemite’s Spring 2021 production of the play.

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Ricardo II: Episode 5

By Cymbeline Anthropocene on Jan 21, 2021 in Fringe Projects

Episode five of Merced Shakespearefest's Ricardo II: A Bilingual Adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard II is titled "Hombres de Guerra / Men of War," but the standout character in this installment of the play is Queen Isabella. 

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Anticipating things to come...

By Cymbeline Anthropocene on Jan 15, 2021 in Project News

With the new year underway, many of our collaborating theatre companies have begun rehearsing Cymbeline—if perhaps under more unusual circumstances than usual. As the covid-19 crisis continues to change how theatre makers are able to share their craft, many of our Cymbeline in the Anthropocene collaborators are adapting new ways to reach their audiences.

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Ricardo II: Episode 4

By Cymbeline Anthropocene on Jan 07, 2021 in Fringe Projects

In episode 4, "Arrendador de Inglaterra / Landlord of England," the king and his entourage travel to visit John of Gaunt, who grieves his banished son from a sick bed. When the king arrives only to mock John's illness, what follows is a witty but ominous repartee.

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Cymbeline in two Anthropocenes: Christmas 1610, 2020

Cymbeline in two Anthropocenes: Christmas 1610, 2020
By Cymbeline Anthropocene on Dec 22, 2020 in Cymbeline and the World

In our final blog entry of 2020, Cymbeline in the Anthropocene project leader Randall Martin delves into the textual allusions indicating Cymbeline was originally a Christmas play, signifying an existential turning between ages that was relevant to audiences in both 1610, the year of its first performance, and in 2020. At the end of a year dominated by global health, ecological, and social crises, Cymbeline's prophecies offer a wisdom we can take into a new year, and a new era, as the world continues to transform.

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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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