Nielsen and LuPone Take on Shakespeare's Pericles at BAM, Feb. 12

News   Nielsen and LuPone Take on Shakespeare's Pericles at BAM, Feb. 12 Kristine Nielsen (Omnium Gatherum) and Robert LuPone (A Thousand Clowns) head up the cast in the Theatre for a New Audience's staging of William Shakespeare's Pericles at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, starting Feb. 12.

Bartlett Sher — who directed last season's TFANA staging of Moliere's Don Juan — returns to direct this production. The Bard's tale of loss and redemption will open at BAM's Harvey Theatre, Feb. 15 for a run through Feb. 28.

The cast also includes Glen Fleshler (The Changeling), Philip Goodwin (The Diary of Anne Frank), Tim Hopper (The Dying Gaul), Albert Jones (Henry IV), Christopher McCann (A Dybbuk), Paul Niebanck (The American Clock), Linda Powell (Wilder, Wilder, Wilder), Julyana Soelistyo (Golden Child), Bruce Turk (The Green Bird), Andrew Weems (The Green Bird), Brenda Wehle (Talking Heads) and Graham Winton (Two Shakespearean Actors).

Sher utilizes two actors to portray the title role through his fourteen-year span and also double-casts several other primary roles. The production avoids the usual spectacle, stripping the landscape down to essential elements including translucent curtains, a mosaic floor and live music.

The design team features Christopher Akerlind (scenic and lighting), Elizabeth Caitlin Ward (costume) and Peter John Still (sound) — who also provides original music composition.

Sher — who serves as artistic director of Seattle's Intiman Theatre — has directed Tony Kushner's Homebody/ Kabul and the world premiere of Joan Holden's Nickel and Dimed for his company. Other credits include the American premiere of Waste, The Butterfly Collection and The Light in the Piazza at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. He will soon direct Mourning Becomes Electra for Seattle Opera and New York City Opera. Nielsen has appeared on Broadway in The Green Bird, Jackie: An American Life and The Iceman Cometh. Other credits include Measure for Measure, Betty's Summer Vacation and Dog Opera.

LuPone — who serves as co-artistic director for MCC Theater — has appeared on Broadway in True West, A View From the Bridge, Swing, St. Joan, Nefertiti and A Chorus Line.

For tickets to Pericles at BAM's Harvey Theatre, 651 Fulton Street (between Ashland Place and Rockwell Place) in Brooklyn, NY, call (718) 636-4100 or visit www.bam.org.

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