Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, announces the full cast and creative team for its production of Shakespeare’s Pericles, featuring original music and lyrics by multidisciplinary artist Rinde Eckert, who also plays Gower/Old Pericles.
Pericles is choreographed by Tony nominee Dan Knechtges (Lysistrata Jones, Xanadu) and directed by acclaimed theater and opera director David Schweizer, whose past collaborations with Eckert include the Obie Award-winning And God Created Great Whales and Horizon, winner of the Lucille Lortel Award.
Performances will begin in Two River’s Rechnitz Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, on Saturday, April 16 and continue through Sunday, May 8. The opening night performance is Friday, April 22 at 8pm. Tickets are available from 732.345.1400 or tworivertheater.org. The lead production sponsor is Investors Bank.
The first of the Late Romances, this version of Pericles is set in a dive bar at the end of the world, where a group of barflies and musicians gather to tell Shakespeare’s epic story of adventure, loss, redemption, and miraculous resurrections. With more than 40 songs and continuous underscoring, Eckert and the on-stage band will play an eclectic assortment of instruments including hammered dulcimer, toy piano, and steel drum.
The ensemble, all of whom will play multiple roles, includes J. Clint Allen (The Comedy of Errors), Philippe Bowgen (The Changeling), Pulitzer Prize nominee and Grammy Award winner Rinde Eckert (And God Created Great Whales), Ellen Harvey (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), Kevin Mambo (Two River’s Seven Guitars, Fela!), Nikki Massoud (Zealot), and two-time Tony Award nominee and Obie winner Mary Testa (First Daughter Suite, Xanadu). The Music Director is Ian Axness and the guitarist is Will Bernard.
“I’ve always really loved Pericles. But it’s one of Shakespeare’s plays that has frustrated his fans,” says Artistic Director John Dias. “It’s glorious and there are moments in it that are hilarious and others exquisite and heartbreaking. But it’s also the play that is most obviously the result of a quirky collaboration with another playwright (or two). It begs for the strong hand of an interpretive team of theater artists who love it for the splendor of its quirks while working to bring its disparate selves together. I’d argue that Rinde Eckert and David Schweizer are the collaborators with whom Shakespeare wishes he’d written Pericles!”
Ticket prices range from $37 to $65, with discounts available for groups, seniors, and U.S. military personnel, their families, and veterans. A limited number of $20 tickets are available for every performance; $20 tickets may be partial view. Tickets for patrons under 30 are $20 and include the best available seats at every performance. Tickets are available from tworivertheater.org or 732.345.1400.