Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF presents The Adventures of Pericles select dates from February 24 – March 26, 2016, at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center.
Pirates and shipwrecks, combat tournaments, and murder plots set the stage for Shakespeare’s romantic adventure, The Adventures of Pericles, which opens with Pericles, Prince of Tyre, finding himself in mortal danger after solving the puzzle of a murderous king.
Forced to flee across the seas, he embarks on a journey in search of adventure, riches, and a lost princess. As he travels to parts unknown, Pericles discovers the ultimate satisfaction is the joy of simply coming home.
Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s production of The Adventures of Pericles is presented in partnership with Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s “Play on! 36 playwrights translate Shakespeare,” a project that consists of 36 playwrights commissioned to translate 39 plays attributed to Shakespeare into contemporary modern English.
“We are thrilled to be bringing this unique adaptation of The Adventures of Pericles to Orlando Shakes,” said The Adventures of Pericles Director Jim Helsinger. “This project is an experiment meant to enhance, not detract from our mission to perform bold productions from Shakespeare’s canon. If you’ve ever had trouble understanding Shakespeare, we invite you come see this modern translation of his work.”
The Adventures of Pericles will star John P. Keller in the title role of Pericles, Greg Thornton as Simonides, Gracie Winchester as Marina, and Lisa Wolpe as Lychorida. Additional casting includes Stephen Lima as Lysimachus, Joe Vincent as Cerimon, Richard Watson as Helicanus, Paul Bernardo as Cleon, Brad DePlanche as Boult, Jennifer Bonner, and Dameka Hayes as Ariel.
The Orlando Shakes artistic team includes set designer Kat Conley, Costume Designer Lisa Zinni, AEA Stage Manager Stacy Norwood, Lighting Designer Bert Scott, and Sound Designer Britt Sandusky.
Preview dates are February 24 and 25, at 7:30pm. Opening date is February 26 at 7:30pm, and all tickets include a free Opening Night party and pre-show chat. Senior matinees are March 16 and 23, at 2pm. A $25 Under 35 performance is March 18 at 7:30pm, with the option to add a magic class prior to the show for $20 per person.
Tickets are priced $21-$46 for regular performances Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Previews and Senior Matinees are $11-$23. Student Matinees Tuesdays – Fridays are $11. Discounts also available for Students and Active/Retired Military with ID.
Purchase tickets or get more information on The Adventures of Pericles by calling 407.447.1700 ext 1, visiting orlandoshakes.org or in person at the box office.
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