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This production of one of Shakespeare’s last plays was voted one of the top 10 theatrical productions of 2011 by New York magazine and winner of the 2012 Off- Broadway Award for “Best Revival.” Fiasco’s music-filled rendering of another of Shakespeare’s most fanciful tales is performed with just six spirited actors, who “let the comedy, poignancy and unlikely magic of Cymbeline surface gently and naturally.” (The New York Times)
FIASCO THEATER is an ensemble theater company created by graduates of the Brown University/Trinity Rep M.F.A. acting program. Past shows include Cymbeline, Twelfth Night, and Into the Woods. Cymbeline was presented Off-Broadway twice, for nearly 200 performances, and was honored with the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for best revival of 2011/2012. In February of 2014 they will present a production of Measure for Measure in association with the New Victory Theater. Fiasco has been in residence with Duke University, Marquette University, and NYU-Gallatin and has upcoming residencies with LSU and Sundance Theatre Lab. Their work has been developed at the Orchard Project and the Shakespeare Society, and Fiasco has led master classes at Brown University and NYU. In 2008, Fiasco began offering the Free Training Initiative—a conservatory-level classical acting intensive for professional actors, completely free of charge to students. www.fiascotheater.com;
Why Fiasco? Legend has it the word “fiasco” was first used to describe commedia dell’arte performances that went horribly (and hilariously) wrong. While they hope to avoid on-stage disasters, they believe that only when artists are brave enough to risk a fiasco can they create the possibility of something special. They chose the name Fiasco to remind themselves to brave the huge leaps in the hopes of discovering huge rewards.
Thursday, May 29, 12:30pm
Valerie Wayne, scholar and editor of the forthcoming Arden Cymbeline, explores Fiasco’s production in light of the play’s complex performance history. Reserve your tickets to this FREE pre-show talk here.