April 18, 2013
Cornish at the Playhouse Continues with Pericles, Molière
: Photo by Mark Bocek.
: Detail from Pericles poster: design by Parker Wrenn (DE '12).
In the Playhouse at Seattle Center, Cornish presents Shakespeare’s Pericles and two by Molière, The Jealous Husband and Sganerelle — Heads-up — they’re FREE.
Even with the splashy opening of Batboy: The Musical, a lot of people are still unaware that Cornish is now managing the Playhouse at Seattle Center. Production continues in the Playhouse’s small theater, The Studio, with the openings April 18 of two evenings of theater in rolling rep: Shakespeare’s Pericles and two one-acts by Molière, The Jealous Husband and Sganerelle or The Imaginary Cuckhold. They are presented by the theater department’s junior class in ensemble. Now the best part: they are open to the public and free of charge.
The entry for The Studio at the Playhouse is at the back of the facility. Signboards will be out to direct audience members. For performances April 18 through April 21, tickets are available at the door only. Molière tickets after April 21 and Pericles tickets after April 21 can be reserved at Brown Paper Tickets (http://www.brownpapertickets.com).
Each class of theater students has a carefully charted year designed by Chair Richard E.T. White, Resident Producer Jan Hubert and the faculty. At the end of the academic year, each class presents a “capstone” production to show off the skills they have acquired. The productions of the plays by Shakespeare and Molière presented in rolling rep cap the work of the junior class for 2012-13. The class is working not only as an ensemble but, essentially, as a repertory company. Pericles starts the rotation at 8:00 pm April 18 and closes on April 28; the two Molière one acts open the day after Pericles opens, April 19, and close April 27.
Pericles, usually dated to 1608, is one of Shakespeare’s magical later dramas, the so-called romances. A sweeping, sea-faring epic of an everyman, Pericles takes us on a wild, fairy-tale adventure. Like Odysseus, Pericles must brave great obstacles: riddles, plagues, shipwrecks, pirates, loss, love and death itself in order to reach home and redemption. One of the first plays to be produced after the Restoration and the theaters were reopened in London in 1660, Pericles figures the human journey out of torment and chaos into joy and order through the workings of the divine soul. The junior ensemble appears under the direction of Carol Roscoe.
Moliere’s one-act comedies are wonderful examples of a blend of studied wit, informal popular entertainment and low humor reminiscent of the Commedia dell’arte. Directed by David Taft, The Jealous Husband and Sganerelle show that the often romantic Molière was equally at home with the “unhappily ever after.” These shows are darkly humorous, illuminating the base human desires of greed, lust and pretense through the use of stock comedic characters. Be prepared to enjoy the verbal and physical antics of unwitting fools in the most dangerous game of love, desire…. and cuckoldry.
Pericles plays April 18, 20, 26, 8:00 pm; April 28 at 7:00 pm; with two matinees on April 20 and 28, 2:00 pm.
The Jealous Husband and Sganerelle play April 19, 25, 27 at 8:00 pm; April 21, 2013, 7:00 pm; with two matinees April 21 and 27 at 2:00 pm.
The Playhouse at Seattle Center — The Studio: 201 Mercer Street Seattle
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