Editor’s note: The 6th through 12th graders of the Robinson Shakespeare Company, part of Notre Dame’s Robinson Community Learning Center, have been invited to perform Cymbeline this summer in Stratford-upon-Avon and present a workshop at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. Notre Dame Magazine reports on their journey here.
Robinson Shakespeare Company members perform monologues from Cymbeline:
Unless thou think’st me devilish
Zion Williams, as the evil Queen, feigns offense that the doctor would question her motives with his dangerous drug — then lets the audience in on the secret that her plans are nefarious indeed.
Merry in my revenge
Forest Wallace, as Cloten, offended that the princess Imogen would reject romantic advances in favor of a man he considers his inferior, prepares to deliver his retribution by force.
The treasure of her honor
Kennedi Bridges, as Iachimo, skulks in the bedchamber of Imogen, the princess and object of a wager whose salaciousness he relishes.
The game is up
Lizzie Graff, as Belarius, tells his sons of the toil and toll of war, of the physical scars and the emotional wounds of banishment — then tells himself that his secret of the boys’ royal lineage cannot be kept any longer.