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Photo By Gerry Goodstein / Courtesy of NJ Shakespeare Festival


Madison - (left) A. Benard Cummings as Cerimon and Roxanna Hope as Thaisa in Pericles; onstage July 9-28. The show is diredcted by Gabriel Barre.


Photos By Gerry Goodstein / Courtesy of NJ Shakespeare Festival

MADISON, NJ - New Jersey Shakespeare Festival's 40th Anniversary  Season continues with Shakespeare's rarely-produced PERICLES. The Bard's epic tale of the Prince of Tyre comes to life on the Festival stage for the first time in more than a decade in a production directed by Festival and  Broadway veteran Gabriel Barre. Performances are Tuesdays through Sundays, July 9 through 28.

 Playing the challenging title role and  making his Festival debut is New York actor Thomas M. Hammond. Other leading roles are played by New Jersey Shakespeare Festival veterans Sue

Brady, A.  Benard Cummings, Andy Paterson and Mark Elliot Wilson. Agnes Tsangaridou, as  the young Marina, is making her Festival debut.

PERICLES is a  powerful and beautiful story laced with magic and wonder, and guided by  faith. Fleeing from a king's wrath, Pericles, the Prince of Tyre, embarks on an extraordinary journey, driven by the machinations of fate. In an

epic adventure filled with trials, perils and marvels, Pericles finds love only to 

lose those he holds dear, endures apocalyptic tempests, encounters the goddess Diana, saves a city from famine, solves a cryptic riddle and defeats  a tournament's worth of knights. The first of Shakespeare's final romances,  PERICLES is a moving metaphor for the odyssey that each and every human takes  over the course of a lifetime.

The Cast
Thomas M. Hammond plays the hero, Pericles, fated to

find and lose love and happiness three times over. Mr. Hammond was most recently seen in CYMBELINE, which enjoyed huge success both at the Lucille Lortel Theatre off-Broadway and at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, England. Other New York  credits include Sir Peter Hall's TROILUS AND CRESSIDA and MACBETH, RICHARD  II, and RICHARD III for Theatre for a New Audience.

 Sue Brady plays several roles in PERICLES, including Bawd the brothel-keeper and Lychordia, nurse to Pericles's pregnant wife. This is Ms. Brady's third  season with the Festival, where her credits include THE COUNTRY WIFE and last  season's THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, in which she had audiences in stitches with  her portrayal of the Courtesan.  Her off-Broadway credits include David Ives's MERE MORTALS AND OTHERS, directed by John Rando. Regional credits include REDHEAD, directed by Christopher Ashley at Goodspeed Opera House, and 13 RUE DE L'AMOUR at the Studio Arena.

 In the role of Gower, the play's narrator, and the life-restoring Cerimon is A. Benard Cummings, who played Ariel in Festival artistic director Bonnie J. Monte's inaugural season  production of THE TEMPEST in 1991. Returning for his third season with the Festival, his most recent appearance at N.J.S.F. was as Prince Hal in HENRY  IV, PART I (1992).  Other regional credits include roles at Hartford Stage,  the Goodman Theatre and Actors Theatre of Louisville.

 Long-time audience favorite Andy Paterson, now in his sixth season with the Festival, plays the door-keeper at the brothel and numerous other roles. His Festival credits include the young Dylan Thomas in A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN  WALES, the dog in THE BLUE BIRD, SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL, HENRY V, A WINTER'S TALE  and the musical version of TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA.

 Agnes Tsangaridou, a native of Cyprus, makes her Festival debut as the daughter of Pericles, Marina, who is sold by pirates to a brothel. Her most recent stage credits include Dido in THE TROJAN WOMEN: A LOVE STORY, Titania in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and Irina in THE THREE SISTERS.

 In the  role of the incestuous King Antiochus is Mark Elliot Wilson, in his sixth  season with the Festival. Since debuting on the Festival stage in Ms. Monte's  1991 production of TWELFTH NIGHT, Mr. Wilson has been seen in MUCH ADO ABOUT  NOTHING, CYRANO DE BERGERAC, CAMINO REAL, AS YOU LIKE IT, ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA and THE MERCHANT OF VENICE.  His New York credits include SALOME with Al Pacino, REBECCA, UNIDENTIFIED HUMAN REMAINS* and GHOSTS.

  Other members of the large ensemble cast, many playing multiple roles, are Michael Stewart Allen, Jesica Avellone, Brian Avers, Marianne Bonner, Morgan Davis, Andrew Doyle, Sarah Henley, Roxanna Hope, Kenneth Lee, Jay Leibowitz, Kasey Lockwood, Andrew Long, Elizabeth Long, Victoria Mack, Adam  Meyer, Seth Richardson, Michael Rogers, Aaron Shipp, Christian Wijnberg and  Geoff Wilson.

About the Director
PERICLES is  directed by award-winning actor and director Gabriel Barre, who returns to  Madison following his 1998 performance in the title role of CYRANO DE  BERGERAC, which inaugurated the Festival's F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre. Mr. Barre was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Drama Desk Award and won the Calloway Award for his direction of THE WILD PARTY by  Andrew Lippa at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Other off-Broadway credits  include Variety Arts Theatre, the Lambs Theatre, the Cherry Lane Theatre and HONKY TONK HIGHWAY at Don't Tell Mama, which was awarded three Bistro Awards  including Best Direction and the MAC Award for Best Revue. Also in New York he musically staged, and also performed in, the 25th Anniversary production  of JACQUES BREL at the Village Gate, which he also directed and choreographed at Syracuse Stage. He directed the national tour of Rodger and Hammerstein's CINDERELLA, going into its third year, and the musical about Tammy Wynette, STAND BY YOUR MAN, returning to Nashville's Ryman Auditorium for a second run  this fall. At the Goodspeed Opera House he directed the revivals of SWEENEY TODD (winner of four Connecticut Critics Circle Awards, including Best  Direction), FINIAN'S RAINBOW and the new musicals FANNY HILL, DORIAN and HOUDINI, which he also remounted at the Marriott-Lincolnshire Theatre in Chicago. Mr. Barre is currently directing a new version of Gilbert and  Sullivan's THE GONDOLIERS at the Roundabout Theatre, a revival of THE KING OF HEARTS at Goodspeed and a new Frank Wildhorn/Nan Knighton musical, CAMILLE  CLAUDEL, due on Broadway next season.

The Artistic Staff
 Setting the stage for the Prince of Tyre's mythic adventures on land and sea are set designer James Wolk; lighting designer Tim  Hunter; costume designer Elizabeth Niemczyk; composer Andy Teirstein; choreographer Jennifer
Paulson Lee; and fight choreographer Rick  Sordelet.

Ticket Information
 Beginning July 9  and continuing through July 28, regular performances of PERICLES are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.; Wednesday, July 24 at 2:00 p.m.; Thursday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, July 20 and July 27 at 2:00 p.m.; Sundays at  2:00 p.m.; and Sundays, July 14 and 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Regular tickets range  from $22 to $41, with discounts of 15% to 35% available for subscribers and groups of 15 or more.

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