Monday, October 18, 2021

Shakespeare's Pericles | FREE ONLINE READING 



William Shakespeare's PERICLES

A poet returns from the dead to tell the tale of Pericles, Prince of Tyre––the touching and hopeful tale of loss and reconciliation about a hero whose adventures take him through the turbulent waters of both the literal seas and the tumultuous challenges of life itself. His odyssey is an epic journey of discovery, loss, and, ultimately, redemption. 



This online benefit reading of Shakespeare's PERICLES is directed by Kent Gash and features a company of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) artists, including Shirine Babb, Kimberly Chatterjee, Caroline Clay, Grantham Coleman, Callie Holley, Mahira Kakkar, Jordan Mahome, Anthony Michael Martinez, Edward O’Blenis, Bhavesh Patel, Michele Shay, Timothy D. Stickney, and Craig Wallace. GET DETAILS



“Shakespeare’s Pericles is at the heart and soul of Red Bull in many ways: our founding play, Jacobean in period, hopeful in spirit, and about the power of imagination at its core. 'It hath been used as restoratives', the poet Gower says right at the beginning of the play. To me, this play is about restoring hope and peace after a period of turmoil and tragedy. Pericles was the first play we ever produced, featuring a wonderful and diverse cast, led by Daniel Breaker in the title role. I’ve always loved the idea of this play as a hero journey, and a play about the healing power of storytelling itself. As the play that began the life of our theater company, it seems most appropriate that we explore this play anew, continuing our journey towards our 20th year of existence as a company, re-emerging out of the pandemic shut down, and inviting new voices to be in creative conversation with the play and the Western classical canon-something we have been very actively working to invigorate over the past few years at Red Bull Theater." – Jesse Berger | Founder and Artistic Director



The reading is part of PERICLES 2021 is an endeavor to provide an opportunity for our entire community to explore Shakespeare’s Pericles – the founding production of Red Bull Theater – with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) voices in our present moment. Other series events include a two-part seminar series, Exploring Pericles in 2021, featuring established and emerging BIPOC artists in conversation and creativity, and a RemarkaBull Podversation with Raphael Nash Thompson.




RemarkaBULL Podversation | ONLINE
“To sing a song that old was sung”
with Raphael Nash Thompson

RECORDED LIVE on Monday, October 4, 2021

Appearing on stages all across the country and the Off-Broadway rialto, Raphael Nash Thompson has built a sterling reputation as a brilliant actor in the classics. He joined host Nathan Winkelstein, Red Bull’s Associate Artistic Director, and special guest Jesse Berger, Red Bull’s Artistic Director, for a conversation focused on Shakespeare’s Pericles. Thompson tackled the role of Gower in Red Bull Theater’s 2003 production – the founding production of the company. WATCH NOW




Two-Part Seminar Series | ONLINE
Exploring PERICLES in 2021
Part I premiered Monday, October 11, 2021 
PART 2 premieres Monday, October 18, 2021 | 7:30 PM EDT

We asked three established BIPOC artists working in the classical theater who have worked with Red Bull Theater before – Franchelle Stewart Dorn, Clint Ramos, and Madeline Sayet – to introduce us to artists from their networks that we should know. They selected Yvonne Johnson, Jacqueline Lawton, Tara Moses, Kenny Ramos, and Rudy Ramirez. These five selected artists will then create online presentations that respond creatively to Shakespeare’s play. Exploring Pericles in 2021 is funded in part by the Off Broadway Angels. GET DETAILS




We wish to express our gratitude to the Performers’ Unions: ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION, AMERICAN GUILD OF MUSICAL ARTISTS, AMERICAN GUILD OF VARIETY ARTISTS, and SAG-AFTRA through Theatre Authority, Inc. for their cooperation in permitting the Artists to appear on these programs.