The pavilion at Louise Hays Park will once again ring with the words of The Bard of Avon when Playhouse 2000 and the City of Kerrville Parks and Recreation Department present the 10th “Shakespeare In The Park” production on June 3 and 4 at 8:00.
This year’s presentation is of the little-known adventure story Pericles, The Prince of Tyre which has been adapted by Tivy High School instructor and the show’s director Jessica Sturm.
Gunnar Gard and Jared Graf in a rehearsal for the upcoming presentation of Pericles in Louise Hays Park
Written in the early 1600’s, Pericles is among the final plays Shakespeare completed, and was among his most popular plays at the time.
The play follows the travels and travails of Pericles, a young prince who earns the ire of King Antiochus by answering a riddle that reveals the King’s incestuous relationship, and flees ahead of the King’s hired assassin.
When his ship is wrecked in a storm, Pericles is rescued by fishermen and wins a tournament that earns him the hand of the fair Thasia, princess of Pentopolis.
The adventures continue, with Pericles gaining a daughter, losing wife and daughter in yet another shipwreck, returning to Tyre, and ultimately reuniting with both by play’s end.
This year’s presentation of “Shakespeare In the Park” is sponsored by The Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country, and supported by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Performances of Pericles will be in Louise Hays Park on Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4 at 8:00. Admission is FREE, and lawn chairs, blankets, picnics, and the whole family are welcome!