Pericles marks the 24th Shakespearean production mounted by The Porters of Hellsgate. Artistic Director Charles Pasternak returns to the directing chair and Leon Russom to the boards. They last worked together on 2014s production of Henry V, a critical and audience hit, which received Ovation, Broadway World, and Valley Theatre Award nominations.
Pericles tells the Homeric story of its title character’s journeys: his flight from the evils of Antioch, his salvation of Tarsus, his discovery of love in Pentapolis, and the loss of his wife in childbirth at sea. Through these trials and tribulations the boy becomes a man. The latter half of the play focuses on the trials of his daughter Marina, who escapes murder in Tarsus only to be abducted and sold to a brothel in Mytelene. Her escape from that brothel and arrival on her father’s ship – each ignorant of the identity of the other – is the play’s climactic scene, one of mutual discovery and rebirth. Director Pasternak considers it, “easily one of the most beautiful scenes Shakespeare ever wrote.”
Mr. Pasternak founded The Porters in 2006 and has since directed thirteen productions for the company. He is an award-winning actor and director specializing in Shakespeare, whose work has carried him across the country. Recent credits include three seasons with the The Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, three seasons with the Indiana Repertory Theatre, and four seasons with Shakespeare Santa Cruz, amongst many others.
Mr. Russom is perhaps most famous for throwing a coffee mug at Jeff Bridges' head as the Sheriff of Malibu in the Coen Brothers' "The Big Lebowski," but LA theatre-goers and critics have been able to enjoy his brilliant stage career firsthand. Highlights include award nominated performances in Buried Child, Henry V, And Neither Have I Wings to Fly, Endgame, and Juno and the Paycock. He first joined The Porters as Gloucester in King Lear, alongside Larry Cedar in the title role. Most recently, he took on the role of Lear himself with Loft Ensemble.
Featuring: Dana Lyn Baron Thomas Bigley Will Block Jono Eiland Douglas Gabrielle Mara Klein Luke McClure Cindy Nguyen Leon Russom Zachary Russom Liza de Weerd Seneca Alexandra Wright
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