Friday, September 28, 2007

A powerful story of faith laced with magic and wonder


October 25-November 18, 2007

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Sheila Daniels

SEATTLE – Seattle Shakespeare Company launches its new season with William Shakespeare’s adventurous tale of a seafaring prince, Pericles. Directed by Sheila Daniels, Pericles opens on Friday, October 26 and runs through November 18 (low-priced preview on October 25) at the Center House Theatre at Seattle Center .

Support for Seattle Shakespeare Company’s production of Pericles is provided by PONCHO, 4 Culture, Starbuck’s Doubleshot, the Washington State Arts Commission and 94.9 KUOW.

Pericles is an epic journey of sheer theatricality. After discovering the dark truth behind a king’s riddle for the hand of his daughter, Prince Pericles flees for his life to distant exotic lands. On his quest he encounters a murder plot, a narrow escape, a tournament for the hand of a princess, a shipwreck, a marriage…and that’s just the first half. Encountering love, loss, and adventure, Pericles uses honor as his compass to guide him towards a joyous family reunion.

“I’ve been fascinated with Pericles since the first time I read it in high school,” said director Sheila Daniels. “It combines the classic “Hero’s Journey” with the trials of Job. Although he has done nothing but try to tell the truth, Pericles finds himself challenged and pursued at every turn. It is only after the death of his beloved wife and the loss of his daughter, does Pericles stop running from the world. It is then that the world turns and opens up to him.”

The cast of Pericles features Alycia Delmore (Thaisa), Kate Czajkowski (Marina), Reginald Andre Jackson (Pericles), Peter Dylan O'Connor (Lysimachus/Thaliard/Fisherman), Philip Davidson (Gower/Cerimon), Alban Dennis (Cleon/Fisherman), Todd Jefferson Moore (Antiochus/Simonides), Stephanie Shine (Dionyza), James Cowan (Helicanus/Boult), Annie Lareau (Bawd), Rob Jansen (Leonine/Fisherman), and Molly Tomhave (Antiochus' Daughter/Lychorida).

Set design for Pericles is by L.B. Morse, with costume design by Heidi Ganser , lighting design by Tim Wratten, and sound design and original music by Gretta Harley.

Performances of Pericles are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Saturdays at 2:00 pm (November 3 & 10) and Sundays at 2:00 pm.

Special “Shakespeariences” will be offered in conjunction with Pericles including: “Jumpstart into Pericles” a facilitated introduction to the play (Nov 1 at 6PM - $10) and an Oxfordian POV discussion (Nov 3 at 1:00PM).

Tickets to performances of Pericles are now on sale and range from $30-$34 for adults, $24-$28 for seniors and $20-$24 for students. Pay-What-You-Will previews are on October 23 and 24 at 7:30 PM. Discounted tickets are available for groups of ten or more.

For ticket reservations, call the Seattle Shakespeare Company box office (206) 733-8222 or go online at Regular box office hours are Tuesday through Friday 1:00-6:00 PM. During performance weeks, in addition to regular hours, the box office opens one hour prior to curtain. Seattle Shakespeare Company performs at the Center House Theatre at Seattle Center .

1 comment:

Amelia said...

I saw the preview last night - its fabulous, go see it!