August 23, 2004
The first annual Shakespeare in the park showing at Buchmuller Park in Secaucus.
An audience perspective from the opening scene of the show.
King Cymbeline (Tim Baird) banishes his new son-in-law Posthumous (John Trigonis) as princess Imogen (Laura Malone) regretfully looks on.
The wicked queen (Tammy Dalton-Brown) keeping an eye on the doings of her feisty stepdaughter Imogen (Laura Malone and her trusted servant and best friend Pisanio (Chance Parker).
The idiotic prince Cloten (Cedric Hill) is perplexed at having lost an easy duel to Posthumous and why Imogen should choose that man over his princely self. To his attendants (Hannah Wolfe and Tiffany Clementi), who make fun of him behind his back, it's pretty apparent.
Pisanio (Chance Parker) tries to comfort the ailing Imogen (Laura Malone) after the departure of Posthumous.
Upon arriving in Rome, Posthumous (John Trigonis, right) is greeted at the house of his friend Philario (L. Robert Johnson, seated center) and by his guests the effete Frenchman (Clark Williams, seated left) and the slimey con man Iachimo (Freeman Borden).
In trying to get Posthumous' expensive ring, Iachimo wagers his estate that he can bed Posthumous virtuous wife. Posthumous, confident in his wife, agrees to this silly bet.
Iachimo (Freeman Borden) arrives in Britain and tries to woo Imogen (Laura Malone) but finds her no easy conquest and instead gains her trust.
He sneaks into her bedroom via a clothes trunk to steal a personal affect to "prove" that he won the bet.
The ever smooth Cloten (Cedric Hill) attempts to woo Imogen in the wee hours of the morning with a serenade. His attempts fall on deaf ears.
In the Welsh forest of Milford Haven, the banished lord Belarius (Clarke Williams) has lived for 20 years and raised the king's two other children Guiderius (Tiffany Clementi, on stools) and Arviragus (Hannah Wolfe). Belarius stole the children to get revenge on the king, but instead raised them as his own.
Thinking that Imogen has been unfaithful to her, Posthumous sends a letter to Pisanio instructing her to kill Imogen. Pisanio instead decides to reveal the letter to Imogen in the forest of Milford Haven.
Deciding to make her way to Rome to confront Posthumous, Imogen (Laura Malone) disguises herself as a boy and gets lost in Milford Haven. She meets up with Belarius family and is strangely drawn to Guiderius (Tiffany Clementi) and Arviragus (Hannah Wolfe).
Cloten (Cedric Hill), having learned of Imogen's whereabouts, travels to Milford Haven but encounters Guiderius (Tiffany Clementi) and is challenged to a duel.
In the play's final wrap up scene. Cymbeline (Tim Baird, center) has emerged victorious over an invading Roman army thanks to the aide of his long lost children. In this scene all identities have been revealed and the Roman soothsayer (Tammy Dalton-Brown, next to king) has been summoned to read a tablet given to Posthumous during a divine visitation. The tablet reads that his marriage to Imogen has been blessed by the gods and Cymbeline is bestowed good fortune with the return of his lost children.
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