Pericles, Shakespeare's Tale of Revenge and Redemption, Opens Off-Broadway

News   Pericles, Shakespeare's Tale of Revenge and Redemption, Opens Off-Broadway The Public Theater's Mobile Shakespeare Unit production of Pericles officially opens Nov. 18 at the company's Astor Place home after a three-week tour that played prisons and homeless shelters across New York City.

Ben Mehl and Flor De Liz Perez
Ben Mehl and Flor De Liz Perez Photo by Richard Termine

Rob Melrose directs the free tour that played prisons, homeless shelters, centers for the elderly and other community venues, including the Brownsville Recreation Center in Brooklyn, Fortune Society in Queens and DreamYard Project in the Bronx, throughout the month of October. The production marks the fourth Shakespearean work to tour as part of the Mobile Shakespeare Unit.

The production is playing a sit-down run at the Public through Nov. 30.

The cast includes Raffi Barsoumian (Pericles), Christopher Kelly (Lysimachus, and others), Ben Mehl (Boult, and others), Flor De Liz Perez (Marina, and others), Amanda Quaid (Dionyza, and others), David Ryan Smith (Antiochus, and others), Tiffany Rachelle Stewart (Thaisa, and others) and J.D. Webster (Helicanus, and others).

"Shakespeare's extraordinary story of Pericles’ journey, through loss and redemption, will make a powerful impact on the incredibly diverse audiences who will see the Mobile Shakespeare Unit production," Public artistic director Oskar Eustis said in an earlier statement. "Rob Melrose, the brilliant artistic director of Cutting Ball in San Francisco, is a longtime colleague and friend, and I’m delighted he is making his Public Theater debut at last."

Pericles, according to the Public, is "a tale of riddles, revenge, and perilous adventure. Pericles, one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays in his own time, is the story of a prince whose life is threatened after he solves the puzzle of a murderous king. Forced to flee across the seas, he embarks on an odyssey that will see him fall in love, lose a daughter, and eventually recover everything he thought he’d lost." Pericles has scenic design by Wilson Chin, costume design by Moria Sine Clinton, music composed by Michael Thurber and movement direction by Christopher Windom.

For tickets phone (212) 967-7555 or visit PublicTheater. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.

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