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August 19, 2004
Two courtiers (Tiffany Clementi and Hannah Wolfe) in the court of King Cymbeline of Britain set the stage for the play's main story of the love the princess Imogen with the poor, orphaned Posthumous.
The evil queen (Tammy Dalton-Brown), Imogen's stepmother, keeps her watchful eye on the newly wedded princess (Laura Malone) and Posthumous (John Trigonis).
The smart aleck aide (Tiffany Clementi) to the queen's idiotic son Cloten (Cedric Hill) launches a few humorous asides behind his back.
The banished Posthumous goes to Rome to stay with his friend Philario (L. Robert Johnson, center seated) and encounters Philario's other guests, the slimey con man Iachimo (Freeman Borden, right center) and an effete Frenchman (Clark Williams).
Trying to win Posthumous' expensive ring, Iachimo (Freeman Borden) wagers that he can bed Posthumous virtuous wife. Posthumous, confident in his wife, accepts the easy wager.
The queen (Tammy Dalton-Brown) seduces the court doctor Corneilius (Cedric Hill) in order to obtain poisons that she intends to give to Pisanio, Posthumous' former servant and new servant to Imogen.
Arriving in Britain to win his wager, Iachimo (Freeman Borden) tries several ways to gain Imogen's (Laura Malone) favor but only one succeeds.
Iachimo sneaks into her bedroom via a clothes trunk to gain some inside knowledge to win the bet. He uses the occasion to steal a bracelet of Imogen's to prove to Posthumous that he has bedded her. Posthumous, distraught at his wife's apparent infidelity vows revenge.
The smooth operator Cloten (Cedric Hill) attempts to gain Imogen's hand by serenading her in the wee hours of the morning with some help from his friends (Hannah Wolfe and Tiffany Clementi).
In the forest of Milford Haven, Belarius (Clark Williams), a wrongfully banished lord of Cymbeline's court raises the children of Cymbeline, Guiderius and Arviragus, as his own. He kidnapped them years before to get back at the king for his banishment.
King Cymbeline (Tim Baird) is comforted by his wife (Tammy Dalton-Brown) at the estrangement of his daughter and the imminent invasion of the Roman army. Rome has declared war on Cymbeline for not paying a tribute to their emperor.
Pisanio (Chance Parker), having received a letter from Posthumous instructing her to kill Imogen (Laura Malone) because of the supposed infidelity with Iachimo, takes Imogen away from the palace to the forest of Milford Haven. Here she tells Imogen of the situation and tells her that she must steal away to Rome to confront Posthumous.
Cloten (Cedric Hill) confronts Pisanio for the whereabouts of Imogen.
Having learned of the location of Milford Haven, Cloten travels to capture Imogen but encounters Belarius and his family instead who has also encountered a disguised Imogen.
The every cocky Cloten (Cedric Hill) is challenged by the feisty Guiderius to a duel
Guiderius (Tiffany Clementi) prepares to battle Cloten who she quickly kills. She and her family later help the king to defeat the invading Roman army.
A fiery, but tired Belarius (Clark Williams) reveals the true identities of his kids to the king in the plays' final scene.
The Roman Soothsayer (Tammy Dalton-Brown) deciphers a divine message given to Posthumous that blesses his marriage to Imogen and Cymbeline with return of his long lost children.
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