The Public Theater's Mobile Shakespeare Unit returned this fall with a three-week tour of Pericles which played prisons, homeless shelters and other community venues prior to its upcoming Off-Broadway run. Cast member Tiffany Rachelle Stewart documented the unique, challenging experience for Playbill.com.
PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: True "Community" Theatre; A Week With Mobile Shakespeare Unit's Pericles, Bringing the Bard to Prisons, Shelters and Other NYC Venues
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.
Pericles will then play a Nov. 11-30 sit-down run at the Public Theater. 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 a 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.