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The Winter's Tale

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Jeremy Cole

October 22 through November 20, 2010

The Winter's Tale is a play by William Shakespeare, originally published in the First Folio of 1623. Although it was grouped among the comedies, some modern editors have re-labelled the play as one of Shakespeare's late romances. Some critics, among them W. W. Lawrence, consider it to be one of Shakespeare's "problem plays", because the first three acts are filled with intense psychological drama, while the last two acts are comedic and supply a happy ending.

Brilliantly juggling drama, comedy, romance and suspense, The Winter's Tale is filled with twists and turns, laughs, surprises, and fascinating characters (including one of the first feminist roles ever written) – all this, and Shakespeare’s glorious poetry, as well.

It’s no wonder the Observer wrote that “this tragi-comi-romance is possibly Shakespeare's most emotionally complex and breathtakingly theatrical play.

Nevertheless, the play has been intermittently popular, revived in productions in various forms and adaptations by some of the leading theatre practitioners in Shakespearean performance history, beginning after a long interval with David Garrick in his adaptation called Florizel and Perdita (first performed in 1754 and published in 1756.

The Winter's Tale was revived again in the 19th century, when the third "pastoral" act was widely popular). In the second half of the 20th century The Winter's Tale in its entirety, and drawn largely from the First Folio text, was often performed, with varying degrees of success.


Cast of Characters

Time, in childhood Jamie Atlas
Leontes, King of Sicilia Richard Aiello
Hermione, Queen of Sicilia Kerry Gudjohnsen
Polixenes, King of Bohemia Stanley Spenger
Camillo, Lord of Sicilia, later of Bohemia Robert Cooper
Autolycus, Lord of Bohemia, later con-man Jaime Lee Currier
Mamillius, Prince of Sicilia Jamie Atlas
Emilia, a lady in waiting Madeleine Hansen
Lady in Waiting Josie Alvarez
Officer of the Court Joseph Hirsch
Jailer David Weiner
First Lord of Sicilia Rhio Ossola
Second Lord of Sicilia Tavis Kammet
Antigonus, Advisor to Leontes Norman Macleod
Cleomenes, Lord of Sicilia Ty Mark Williams
Dion, Lord of Sicilia Paul Dana
Paulina, Advisor to Leontes Holly Bradford
Lady in Court Rachel Siegal
Lady in Court Jaime Lee Currier
Mariner, a Sicilian seaman David Weiner
Bear Joseph Hirsch
Old Shepherd, a Bohemian Rhio Ossola
Young Shepherd, a Bohemian Tavis Kammet
Time in adolescence Rachel Siegel
Time in adulthood Kerry Gudjohnsen
Florizel, Prince of Bohemia Joseph Hirsch
Perdita, Princess of Sicilia Rachel Siegel
Mopsa, a shepherdess Madeleine Hansen
Dorcas, a shepherdess Josie Alvarez
Servant Ty Mark Williams
Shepherd Paul Dana
Shepherd boy Jamie Atlas
Sicilian Lord David Weiner
Time in age Norman Macleod

Production

Director Jeremy Cole
Assistant Director Benjamin Cooper
Costumer Lisa Danz
Assistant Costumer Mengying Wu
Set Designer Norman de Veyra
Lighting Design Bob Gudmundsson
Stage Manager Juliann Halvorsen
Light Operator Benjamin Cooper
Sound Operator & Lighting Effects Krista Bowman
Sound Operator & Lighting Effects Shifra Pride Raffel
Miscellaneous Jerome Solberg
Press & Lobby Photos Anna Kaminska
   

Press Photo Downloads

Richard Aiello and Kerry Gudjohnsen

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Tavis Kammet and Jaime Lee Currier

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Kerry Gudjohnsen, Madeleine Hansen, Jamie Atlas, and Josie Alvarez

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Ricahrd Aiello and Holly Bradford

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Joseph Hirsch and Rachel Siegel

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Joseph Hirsch and Stanley Spenger

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Tavis Kammet, Jaime Lee Currier, and Rhio Ossola

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Ty Mark Williams and Jaime Lee Currier

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Rachel Siegel, Kerry Gudjohnsen, and Richard Aiello

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Rhio Ossola and Norman Macleod

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Paul Dana, Josie Alvarez, and David Weiner

 

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Madeleine Hansen, Ty Mark Williams, Jamie Lee Currier, Josie Alvarez, and David Weiner

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Kerry Gudjohnsen, Madeleine Hansen, Jamie Atlas, and Josie Alvarez

 

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Rachel Siegel, Joseph Hirsch, Benjamin Cooper, Stanley Spenger, and Richard Aiello.

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Benjamin Cooper, Richard Aiello, and Stanley Spenger

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Paul Dana, Josie Alvarez, Jaime Lee Currier, Madeleine Hansen, and Tavis Kammet

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Additional Downloads

Play Program Download PDF
Play Poster Download PDF
Play Press Release Download PDF
Preview Video Link to You Tube
Directors Comments Video (not available yet} Link to You Tube
Play Postcard Download PDF
Study Guide Download PDF
Link to current cutting of script: Download PDF

Thank You

Actors Ensemble of Berkeley is delighted to acknowledge the Berkeley Civic Arts Program and Civic Arts Commission's support in the form of a grant of $5,200.00 awarded in 2016. This will enable us to continue to provide free or low cost opportunities for community members to participate in the life changing activities of theater arts.

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