duly escorts her to Milford Haven, only to report Posthumus's command that she be killed, Imogen erupts:
42) Northrop Frye, A Natural Perspective (San Diego and New York, 1965), says a 'healer' or 'preserver of life' in the romances is associated with 'natural society', citing Cerimon and, in this play, Pisanio
, having 'an association by proxy with the medical profession in the drug he gives to Imogen (144).
Peter Francis James as Pisanio
, the only one onstage to show any sensitivity to Shakespeare's verse, speaks in a fake English accent.
The outraged husband orders his servant Pisanio
to murder Imogen, but the kindly fellow allows her to escape dressed as a boy.
In fact, Pisanio
believes he is giving Imogen a precious medicine not a sleeping potion, and it was Cornelius who earlier, unbeknownst to either Pisanio
or the Queen, substituted the sleeping potion for the poison the Queen had requested.
Fisher, as Cloten; Holly Frey, as Lady Helen/First Lord; Kyle Long, as Philario/Caius Lucius/Guiderius; David Stuart Bull, as Iachimo; and Stuart Phillips, as Pisanio
Certainly Pericles, Cymbeline, and The Winter's Tale show central characters rescued from tyrants or their own tyranny, and innocents resurrected from death, by an intervening deity (Diana, Jupiter, Apollo) as well as by wise counsel or medical-magical ministry (Helicanus and Cerimon in Pericles; Belarius, Pisanio
, and Cornelius in Cymbeline; Camillo and Paulina in The Winter's Tale) and by the talismanic power of a chaste maid (Marina, Innogen, Perdita).
Storyteller George Morfogen Child Jacob Smith Queen Hazelle Goodman Posthumus Michael Hall Imogen Stephanie Roth Haberle Cymbeline Herb Foster Pisanio
Philip Goodwin Lords Andrew McGinn, Sam Catlin, David Snider Cloten Robert Stanton Ladies Holly Natwora Wendy Rich Stenson Iachimo, Jupiter Liev Schreiber Philario Frank Raiter Frenchman Anson Mount Helen Mia Yoo Messenger Jeffrey Frace Caius Lucius Thom Sesma Belarius Randall Duk Kim Guiderius Adam Greer Arviragus Andrew Garman With: George Drance Jr.
He works on Posthumus through the ear: When Pisanio
first reads of Posthumus's suspicions against Imogen, he exclaims, "O master, what a strange infection / Is fall'n into thy ear
239) that Pisanio
speaks of is considerably bold and sometimes bawdy, and King rejects theories that Imogen is a virgin during the play's action.
In 2003, I had a similar reaction to Aaron Nell's long-suffering Pisanio
, a stocky, substantial figure whose loyalty and solidity epitomized the qualities needed for the resolution.