Though one of the Bard's lesser known and rarely produced plays, Pericles, like other of Shakespeare's works, continues to resonate in the 21st century. The story is a rough and tumble journey of action, adventure, tears and joy. A clever and honorable man finds himself on the run from injustice, makes a long search for personal fulfillment, undergoes a tumult of gain and loss upon the seas of life, and finally finds stability and peace through a rediscovery of faith. What could be more contemporary?
For the first production of its fifth season, Hudson Warehouse presents Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Nicholas Martin-Smith.
In Shakespeare's classic tale, exiles fill the Forest of Arden where Duke Senior holds court outside of court. Orlando escapes from his brother's tyranny and Rosalind, to escape her uncle, disguises herself as a man and lives as a shepherd with her cousin Celia in tow. As courtiers try to negotiate their pastoral life with the life of their selves, with crossed-lovers, cross-dressing and, of course love, hilarity ensues. This production, set in France following the Crusades, takes what is generally thought of as a "light and airy" pastoral comedy and suggests a deeper examination of the world that the characters live in and from which they seek to escape. With the backdrop of lush Riverside Park, the production transports the audience to another world.