PERICLES, PRINCE OF TYRE

Genre: Drama
Written by William Shakespeare & George Wilkins, Adapted and Co-Directed by Jack Herholdt and Natalie D. Holmes

Through three storms at sea, five far-away lands and one prince’s lifetime, Pericles, Prince of Tyre is an adventurous, romantic comedy complete with deadly pirates, charming princesses and a hero prince who takes a constant cosmic beating.  In this epic tale, treachery, incest and deadly abuses of power conspire to conquer goodness, love and dignity.  Can hopeful perseverance and good deeds change the world? 

Seldom produced, Pericles was co-authored by William Shakespeare who completed the work of his contemporary, the unscrupulous George Wilkins.  In this 2012 adaptation, the American Bard Artistic Ensemble and guest artists play multiple roles while creating a vivid aesthetic with fabrics, acoustic sounds, original music, and creative puppetry, reflecting the relevant and vital work of an emerging classic theater company in New York City.

From co-director and co-adaptor Natalie Doyle Holmes:  "I'm interested in using as many different theatrical constructs as needed to tell a story.  When I read Pericles, Prince of Tyre I believed there to be the potential to play with a world of theatrical goodies (puppets, music, fabrics, etc.). I saw the script as a gateway into a colorful world of playful textures, sights and sounds.  That's how it grabbed me.  Jack Herholdt and I "adapted" the script to plant a piece of ourselves in the story, make it our own, and feel an even closer connection to the work.  It's still very much Wilkins' and Shakespeare's script, and we like to think of it as Wilkins', Shakespeare's and the American Bard Theater Company's script as well."


About the Company: American Bard Theater Company
The American Bard Theater Company is a not-for-profit organization serving the Greater New York community. ABTC is dedicated to the exploration of the First Folio "Shakespeare wrote his plays to engage the 'ear' of his audience's imagination. He intended his plays to be heard and not seen, rather than read silently while sitting on the living room couch. To help his performers make the language of his plays spring to life on stage, he embedded linguistic and rhetorical clues within the scripts he provided for them. These were combined by two of his colleagues after his death after his death to form the First Folio edition of 1623." -John Basil founder of American Globe Theatre technique (a method that uses the author's linguistic clues to envision how the work was meant to be interpreted) as it applies to classical and contemporary theater. We seek to educate the public about First Folio technique through performances of plays and educational presentations.


Open:   03/09/12
Close:   04/01/12

Schedule:
Friday, March 9 to Sunday, April 1, 2012, with performances Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm, and Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm.
Theater:   American Globe Theatre
Address:   145 W. 46th Street
New York, NY 10036
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Cost:$18 for Adults, $14 for Students and Seniors
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Ovation Tickets at 866-811-4111
Presented by: American Bard Theater Company         Official Web Site: www.americanbard.org