Department of English

American Shakespeare Center performs Imogen on March 4 at Hogg Auditorium

Wed, March 4, 2020 | Hogg Memorial Auditorium (2300 Whitis Ave, Austin, TX 78705)

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

American Shakespeare Center performs Imogen on March 4 at Hogg Auditorium

The American Shakespeare Center (ASC) brings its 2019/20 Hand of Time Tour to Austin with a performance of Imogen on Tuesday, March 5 at 7PM on the stage of Hogg Auditorium. 


Tuesday, March 5, 7:00pm – Imogen (Cymbeline) by William Shakespeare 

Hang there like fruit, my soul,  

Till the tree dieV.v  


Imogen, also known as Cymbeline, is sometimes described as “Shakespeare’s fairy tale.” King Cymbeline promises to marry his daughter Imogen to his stepson Cloten, while Imogen has secretly eloped with her best friend, Posthumus. Disguises, mistaken identity, a missing head, and nefarious plots complicate this tale of love and purity.  With Imogen, ASC introduces audiences to a riveting tale of romance and adventure in one of Shakespeare’s least-produced but most enticing plays.   

 “Imogen is at the center of Shakespeare’s play and we’ve given her top billing,” says director Vanessa Morosco (Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ) about the decision to rename Shakespeare’s Cymbeline after the princess, Imogen: “I suspect that Shakespeare knew the title King Cymbeline would well serve his audiences (nearly 450 years ago) but the play he wrote is about the lionhearted young daughter of a king who defies polite society by marrying for love, turns her world upside-down -- and gets a second chance at life.” 

The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA produces year-round in the world's only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre, the Blackfriars Playhouse. ASC’s productions are intimate in scale, yet epic in scope, utilizing Shakespeare’s Staging Conditions (universal lighting, minimal sets, character doubling, cross-gender casting, and live music) to blend Shakespeare’s stagecraft with a modern sensibility. This engaging approach to the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries is what led the UK Telegraph to call ASC “one of the most accomplished Shakespeare companies in the United States.” 

Every year, ASC assembles a diverse and dazzling collection of artists from all over the country for their National Tour. The 2019/20 touring company features returning performers Topher Embrey (Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Virginia Shakespeare Festival), Madeline Calais (Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Classical Theatre Company), Andrew Tung (American Repertory Theatre, Lyric Stage Company, Central Square Theater), Chris Bellinger (Horn in the West, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre), and Kenn Hopkins, Jr. (Houston Shakespeare Festival, Olney Theatre).  The ensemble welcomes Mia Wurgaft (Shakespeare in the Square), Andrea Bellamore (Aquila Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe), Alexis Baigue (Southwest Shakespeare Company, Salt Lake Acting Company), Sara Linares (Asolo Conservatory at Florida State University), and Sophia Beratta (Mary Baldwin University). These accomplished young artists are poised to enthrall audiences all over the country with a fresh take on old classics. 

Music plays an expanded role in this production of Imogen, where contemporary culture clashes with a world of kings, queens, and princesses.  ASC’s actor-musicians play live music before the show and during intermission, covering modern classics that riff on the themes of Shakespeare’s play.   

The 2019/20 season marks ASC’s 31st annual tour since the company began in 1988 as Shenandoah Shakespeare Express. In just over the past thirty years, the ASC National Tour has performed in 46 U.S. states, one U.S. territory, and five foreign countries. In 2018/19, the tour travelled over 15,000 miles, bringing the magic of the American Shakespeare Center to more than 16,000 patrons. As Artistic Director Ethan McSweeny puts it: “Touring is in our DNA.” 

Don’t miss the enchanting work of these talented artists for their limited engagement Wednesday, March 4 in Austin.  See the groundbreaking work of the American Shakespeare Center as they travel the nation, bringing their signature style to at Hogg Auditorium on the UT Campus 

Tickets are $25 and $15 for students, as well as UT faculty and staff. They can be purchased online in advance through the Shakespeare at Winedale web site.

The performance will take place on the UT campus at the Hogg Memorial Auditorium 

Parking is available on the street and at UT’s San Antonio Garage. 

The theater will open for seating at 7:00 pm. At this time, live pre-show music will also begin. The performance will begin at 7:30 pm. Seats for the performances are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so audience members are encouraged to arrive early, take their seats, and enjoy the music. 

This visit is made possible by Shakespeare at Winedale and the English Department. 

Sponsored by: Shakespeare at Winedale

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