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William Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” Is a Magical Tale That Mixes Tragedy, Comedy, and Romance

Rebecca Blum (left) and Jessica Heironimus star in "The Winter's Tale" (photo by Jeff Buckner)

Bare Theatre and The Delta Boys will stage a joint production of The Winter’s Tale, a late romantic comedy by English dramatist and poet William Shakespeare (1564-1616), often considered one of the Immortal Bard’s “problem plays,” on Sept. 30-Oct. 3 at Common Ground Theatre in Durham, NC, and on Oct. 8-10 in the Sertoma Amphitheater in Bond Park in Cary, NC.

According to Bare Theatre:

“Directed by [Delta Boys co-founder] Lucius Robinson, this magical tale that journeys across time, begins with a mere suspicion that becomes much more. Sure of betrayal, a king turns his world upside down, only to find that he has lost what he loved most. What follows in this enchanting mix of tragedy and comedy goes beyond imagination.

“Bare Theatre has continued to receive critical acclaim, with its production of Twelfth Night in 2007 being named one of the year’s 10 best shows by the News & Observer and most recently, with The Taming of the Shrew with one reviewer noting, ‘the overall production was surprisingly strong — one of Bare Theatre’s best.’

“Bare Theatre is known for its minimalist, high-energy, physical approach to the works of Shakespeare…. Founded in 2007 by Noah Putterman and Lucius Robinson, The Delta Boys is a nomadic theater company committed to outrageous and exuberant art. Past shows have included Howie the Rookie by Mark O’Rowe, [Shakespeare’s] Troilus and Cressida, and Doug Wright’s The Stonewater Rapture.”

In addition to director Lucius Robinson, the Bare Theatre and Delta Boys’ creative team for The Winter’s Tale includes properties managers Aaron Strickland and Susan Buker and stage manager Amy Wright.

The cast includes Loren Armitage and Bare Theatre artistic director Heather J. Strickland as King Leontes and Queen Hermione of Sicilia, Carolyn McDaniel as Leontes and Hermione’s daughter Perdita and a Lady, Stefan Schuette as King Polixenes of Bohemia, Garrett Stein-Seroussi as Polixenes’ only son and heir Florizel and Dion, Fred Corlett as the Sicilian nobleman Camillo, Rebecca Blum as Sicilian noblewoman Paulina, Eowyn Blum as Mamillus, Jessica Heironimus as Emilia and Mopsa, Jason Bailey as the First Lord, Brook North as Antigonus, Ann Forsthoefel as a Gaoler and an Officer, Kiernan McGowan as a Servant and a Clown, Jeff Buckner as the Second Lord, Bare Theatre managing director G. Todd Buker as Cleomenes and Autolycus, Jeff Buckner as a Mariner, and Richard Butner as a Shepherd.

Bare Theatre and The Delta Boys present William Shakespeare’s THE WINTER’S TALE at 8 p.m. Sept. 30-Oct. 2 and 2 p.m. Oct. 3 at Common Ground Theatre, 4815B Hillsborough Rd., Durham, North Carolina 27705; and 8 p.m. Oct. 8 and 9 and 2 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Sertoma Amphitheater in Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Rd., Cary, North Carolina 27513.

TICKETS: $15 ($8 students, seniors, and active-duty military personnel).

BOX OFFICE: 919/386-9571,, or (Durham) or (Cary).


PRESENTERS: Bare Theatre: The Delta Boys: N/A.

VENUES: Common Ground Theatre: Sertoma Amphitheater:



The Play (e-text): (First Folio, 1623, University of Virginia) and (Globe Edition, 1866, via UVa).

Shakespeare Resources: (University of Victoria and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada).

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