2010 Twilight Romance
Directed by Michael StreeterSTAGE MANAGER - Shelley B. Shelley
SET DESIGN & TECHNICAL DIRECTION - Michael Streeter
COSTUME DESIGN - Laura Streeter
PRODUCERS - Michael Streeter & Jeremy Lillie DRAMATIS PERSONAE
- Michael Streeter
Pericles, Prince of Tyre is probably the first of several works that Shakespeare wrote in a revived medieval style later known as the Romance (after the Romance-language tales that were their inspiration). These plays (among them Cymbeline, The Winter's Tale, and The Tempest) are designed to evoke strong feelings of sympathy for the characters as they are propelled by crises and catastrophe across far-flung exotic landscapes to an eventual miraculous (if bittersweet) reunion. Often far-fetched, these fantastic tales of knights and ladies in search for love, honor or family were popular due the sensations their epic adventures evoked.
Like The Comedy of Errors and Twelfth Night, the main source of Pericles is taken from the story of Apollonius of Tyre , as told in the 14th-Century English poet John Gower's Confessio Amantis (Gower even appears in the play). The tawdriness of Pericles is interesting and titillating: Incest, a house of ill repute, STDs, a virgin offered up for sale, the threat of rape, etc., are all part of the tapestry of Pericles, along with other story elements similar to the Odyssey, Oedipus, Job, Jonah and even Sleeping Beauty. A heavy dose of "willing suspension of disbelief" is not necessary to enjoy this classical fairy-tale, but it sure helps!
Probably co-written with George Wilkins fairly late in Shakespeare's career, Pericles became his most popular play during his lifetime and was enjoyed by thousands more over the next century. Wilkins also published a novelization of the story, which allows modern scholars to reconstruct the missing pieces of the lone incomplete edition of the script that was published in Shakespeare's lifetime. Since Pericles is rarely done even by ongoing Shakespeare repertory companies, and not seen by Portland audiences since PAE last performed in 1988, this is an opportunity to catch an early romance from the Bard of Avon when he was at the zenith of his powers.
All Shows are FREE
June 17, 18, 19,
& 24, 7:30 pm
-Mt. Tabor Park summit
25, 6:30 pm -Marylhurst University
July 1 & 2nd, 7:30 pm -Mt. Tabor Park summit
July 3, 6:00 pm -Meinig Memorial Park, Sandy
July 8, 9, & 10, 7:30 pm -Mt. Tabor Park summit
July 15, 16, & 17, 7:30 pm -Mt. Tabor Park summit
Sorry, no ASL Interpreted Performance. It's not for lack of trying, though.
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