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The Winter's Tale

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Cuyahoga Arts and Culture Cleveland Foundation Ohio Arts Council

September 28 - November 04, 2012

Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare

The Winter's Tale

By William Shakespeare / Directed by Jesse Berger
Run Time: 2 hours & 38 minutes (including intermission)

A royal family is ripped apart when King Leontes imprisons Queen Hermione on suspicions of infidelity and exiles his newborn daughter. But callous hearts are redeemed, and broken ones mended, when the king’s abandoned orphan falls in love with a Bohemian prince. In a surprising Shakespearean twist, this beautiful and bittersweet tale transcends wrath and regret to achieve romance and renewal in a miraculously cathartic conclusion.

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Actors Lise Bruneau (as Hermione) and Lynn Robert Berg (as Polixenes) star in Great Lakes Theater's season opening production of William Shakespeare's romantic epic "The Winter's Tale" at the Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Actor David Anthony Smith (right, as Leontes) shares a tender moment Ryan Vincent (left, as his son Mamillius) in Great Lakes Theater's season opening production of William Shakespeare's romantic epic "The Winter's Tale" at the Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

David Anthony Smith (as Leontes) stars in Great Lakes Theater's season opening production of William Shakespeare's romantic epic "The Winter's Tale" at the Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Actors David Anthony Smith (left, as Leontes) and Aled Davies (right, as Camillo) share an intense moment in Great Lakes Theater's season opening production of William Shakespeare's romantic epic "The Winter's Tale" at the Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Actors Lynn Robert Berg (left, as Polixenes) and Aled Davies (right, as Camillo) star in Great Lakes Theater's season opening production of William Shakespeare's romantic epic "The Winter's Tale" at the Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Actors Lise Bruneau (left, as Hermione) and Ryan Vincent (right, as her son Mamillius) share a secret as ladies of the court, actors Sara M. Bruner (left) and Sara Hymes (right) watch on in Great Lakes Theater's season opening production of William Shakespeare's romantic epic "The Winter's Tale" at the Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Actors Lori Birmingham (left, as Paulina) and Jodi Dominick (right, as Emilia) share the stage in Great Lakes Theater's season opening production of William Shakespeare's romantic epic "The Winter's Tale" at the Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Actor Lori Birmingham (center, as Paulina) holds two lords at bay (actors M.A. Taylor, left and Juan Rivera Lebron, right) in Great Lakes Theater's season opening production of William Shakespeare's romantic epic "The Winter's Tale" at the Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

The "oracle" is carefully revealed by actors Paul Hurley (left) and J. Todd Adams (right) as the royal family watches with anticipation in Great Lakes Theater's season opening production of William Shakespeare's romantic epic "The Winter's Tale" at the Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Actors Lori Birmingham (left, as Paulina) and David Anthony Smith (right, as Leontes) star in Great Lakes Theater's season opening production of William Shakespeare's romantic epic "The Winter's Tale" at the Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Actors Miles Gaston Villanueva (left, as Florizel) and Kimbre Lancaster (right, as Perdita) share a tender moment in Great Lakes Theater's season opening production of William Shakespeare's romantic epic "The Winter's Tale" at the Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Actor Juan Rivera Lebron (as a Clown) shows off some impressive hops in Great Lakes Theater's season opening production of William Shakespeare's romantic epic "The Winter's Tale" at the Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Actors Miles Gaston Villanueva (as Florizel) and Kimbre Lancaster (as Perdita) share a tender moment in Great Lakes Theater's season opening production of William Shakespeare's romantic epic "The Winter's Tale" at the Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Tom Ford (as Autolycus) takes center stage and shows his “wares” in Great Lakes Theater's season opening production of William Shakespeare's romantic epic "The Winter's Tale" at the Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Juan Rivera Lebron (left, as a Clown/son) and M.A. Taylor (right, as an Old Shepherd/father) celebrate their unexpected, new-found wealth in Great Lakes Theater's season opening production of William Shakespeare's romantic epic "The Winter's Tale" at the Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

The royal family, actors Lise Bruneau (left, as Hermione), David Anthony Smith (center, as Leontes) and Kimbre Lancaster (right, as Perdita) takes center stage in Great Lakes Theater's season opening production of William Shakespeare's romantic epic "The Winter's Tale" at the Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)