November 30, 2014

January 18, 2015

in CST's Courtyard Theater

by William Shakespeare
directed by David H. Bell

Highly recommended… an extraordinary and magical experience that helps us to appreciate Shakespeare anew.

–Stage and Cinema

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The Play

Stratford Festival's Ben Carlson again treads the boards of CST's stage following turns as Macbeth, Hamlet (Jeff Award, Best Actor) and the outrageously funny Frank in The School for Lies. Chicago Tribune hails "few can match him…one of North America’s best classical performers." In Shakespeare's most fantastical tale, Pericles embarks on a tempest-tossed quest in search of adventure, wealth and family. As he travels to parts unknown, our hero is confronted by villains, pirates, goddesses and kings. In the end, he discovers an essential truth—the renewal of love and life itself.



Video: Pericles Montage

Gallery: In Production

Video: Ben Carlson's Journey to Becoming Pericles


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The Story

Pericles comes to Antioch to guess a riddle from the King. If correct, he'll win the hand of the Princess. If not, he will be put to death.
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Q&A with the Director

Celebrated Director David H. Bell returns to Chicago Shakespeare and talks about his inspiration for CST's first production of Pericles.
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Critical Acclaim

Read what people in Chicago and beyond are saying about this "highly entertaining and fantastical odyssey".
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The Players

Creative Team

David H. Bell Director

Henry Marsh Original Music

Ethan Deppe Music Director

Scott Davis Scenic Designer

Nan Cibula-Jenkins Costume Designer

Jesse Klug Lighting Designer

Aaron Rhyne Projections Designer

James Savage Sound Designer

Melissa Veal Wig and Make-up Designer

Susan Felder Verse Coach

Deborah Acker Stage Manager

Calyn P. Swain Assistant Stage Manager

Wesley Truman Daniel Fight Captain / Co-Movement Coordinator

Max Fabian Co-Movement Coordinator


Lisa Berry Thaisa/Diane

Ben Carlson Pericles

Wesley Truman Daniel Knight/Pirate

Jed Feder Percussion/Lord

Sean Fortunato Antiochus/Lysimachus

Brian Grey Knight/Sailor

Kevin Gudahl Simonides

Ryan Hallahan Leonine/Sailor

Sharriese Y. Hamilton  Ensemble

Torrey Hanson Cleon/Escanes

Dion Johnstone Helicanus

Ora Jones Bawd/Lychorida

Emma Ladji Dionyza's Daughter

Ross Lehman Cerimon/Pandar/Fisherman


Eliza Palasz Antiochus' Daughter

Cristina Panfilio Marina

Eric Parks Thailard/Pirate

Marvin Quijada Fisherman/Gentleman

Bri Sudia Denizen of Brothel/Ensemble

Dan Toot Percussion/Ensemble

Derrick Trumbly Boult/Fisheman

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