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Local Theater Company Makes Shakespeare Gay Again

LOCAL THEATER COMPANY MAKES SHAKESPEARE GAY AGAIN

Theatre Prometheus re-imagines Shakespeare’s Cymbeline as a lesbian love storb

WASHINGTON– What happens when you take a complex 400-year-old English play and recreate it as a lesbian love story? We’ll find out with Theatre Prometheus’ upcoming production of [gay] Cymbeline, a hilarious new take on one of Shakespeare’s most overlooked plays, running January 12-29 at the vibrant Anacostia Arts Center. Directed by Artistic Director Tracey Erbacher, the play explores themes of sexuality, homophobia, and forgiveness in a world in turmoil.
Christopher Holbert as Cymbeline and Caitlin Partridge as Imogen (photo: Patrick A. Lachance)

Christopher Holbert as Cymbeline and Caitlin Partridge as Imogen (photo: Patrick A. Lachance)

Coming off of their “must-see” Capital Fringe production of Naomi Iizuka’s Good Kids, Theatre Prometheus’ latest venture is sharply relevant. By regendering the play’s male lead Posthumus as a woman, the production reimagines the words of a centuries-old script, revealing Shakespeare’s world to be surprisingly similar to our own. Part romance, part thriller, and part farce, [gay] Cymbeline is a fast-paced and dynamic staging of one of Shakespeare least-performed works.

Founded in 2013, Theatre Prometheus is a not-for-profit company dedicated to exploring and promoting diverse, woman-focused narratives. In their unflinching one-woman take on Joan of Arc, their recent all-woman production of Macbeth, their critically-acclaimed production of Good Kids, and now their queered vision for [gay] Cymbeline, Theatre Prometheus tells the stories that too often go untold.

Theatre Prometheus’ [gay] Cymbeline, directed by Tracey Erbacher, will run from January 12-29 at the Anacostia Arts Center. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at https://www.artful.ly/theatre-prometheus.  http://www.theatreprometheus.com/

Caitlin Partridge as Imogen and Briana Manente as Posthumus (photo: PAtrick A. Lachance)

Caitlin Partridge as Imogen and Briana Manente as Posthumus (photo: PAtrick A. Lachance)

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