Episode 1 of San Francisco Shakespeare Festval’s ‘Pericles, Prince of Tyre’
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This summer’s 39th Free Shakespeare in the Park production features a four-episode production of Shakespeare’s epic tale, “Pericles, Prince of Tyre” in a new verse translation by playwright Ellen McLaughlin. The season begins with virtual performances of Episodes 1 through 3 on YouTube Live. Episode 4 ushers San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s return to in-person outdoor performances in Bay Area parks.
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Pericles, Prince of Tyre is a Jacobean adventure set in the classical past. The play spans many years in the life of the hero and his family. The action ricochets all over the Eastern Mediterranean moving from one ancient city to the next with travel animated by peril and punctuated by near-death experiences, tempests, and pirate kidnapping. These elements make Pericles an ideal play to perform episodically in miniseries fashion with cliffhangers bringing you back to for each new installment. Episodes 1 through 3 will be performed virtually on YouTube Live. As each new episode is performed, the prior episode will be made available as an on-demand recording. Episode 4 will be performed outdoors and in-person throughout the Bay Area.
Episode 1: July 2 – July 11 on YouTube Live (Fridays & Saturdays at 7pm; Sunday at 4:00pm / No show July 4)
“The sails are filled, the seas are met” begins in Antioch where a young Prince Pericles has arrived to woo the daughter of King Antiochus; but, when Pericles discovers Antiochus’s secret evil, he flees for his life returning home to Tyre where his loyal counselor urges him back to sea again to elude the wrath of Antiochus. Pericles anchors at Tarsus where he earns the love of the people for saving them from drought and famine. Pericles puts to sea again where his ship and crew are destroyed by storm.
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