The seldom-performed romance “Cymbeline” will headline this summer’s 2015 New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane University, officials announced this week.
The festival also will stage “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde and “Incarnate,” a multidisciplinary artistic performance along the lines of last summer’s “Luna Series.”
Described as a “fantastical love story,” Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline” will be staged June 13-27 at Tulane’s Lupin Hall, directed by Rob Clare. Clare, who has taught at Oxford University, has been an actor with the Royal Shakespeare Co. and a staff director at the U.K.’s National Theatre. It’s the first time the Tulane festival has staged the play.
“The Importance of Being Earnest” follows two bachelors leading double lives to court the attentions of the exquisitely desirable Gwendolyn Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. The classic comedy will be directed by Jessica Podewell in the Lupin Theater on July 11-25.
Finally, the festival will partner with members of Compleat Stage to perform “Incarnate,” matching Shakespeare’s words with live music, dance and visual art. Compleat Stage teamed with the festival in 2014 to perform “Luna Series.” “Incarnate,” conceived by Raúl Gómez, Ruby Smith and Chaney Tullos, will be directed by Chaney Tullos in partnership with Compleat Stage in Tulane’s Lab Theater from July 15-22.
For tickets, call the box office at (504) 865-5106 or visit neworleansshakespeare.org.