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IDLE MUSE THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM
FOR THE WORLD PREMIERE OF
UPON THIS SHORE: A TALE OF PERICLES AND THE DAUGHTERS OF TYRE, MARCH 3 - APRIL 3, AT THE EDGE OFF-BROADWAY THEATER
This New Version of Shakespeare’s Pericles is Adapted and Directed by
Artistic Director Evan Jackson+
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Idle Muse Theatre Company is proud to announce the cast for its world premiere production of Upon This Shore: A Tale of Pericles and the Daughters of Tyre, adapted and directed by Artistic Director Evan Jackson+, March 3 - April 3 at The Edge Off-Broadway Theater, 1133 W Catalpa Ave. The performance schedule for Upon This Shore… includes two preview performances Thursday, March 3 and Friday, March 4 at 8 p.m. The performance schedule is Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are now on sale and are $20, general admission; $15, students and seniors and $10 for Thursday Industry Nights at idlemuse.org or the Idle Muse Theatre Company Box Office, 773.340.9438.
“Best for Winter, our last adapted Shakespeare production before the pandemic, represented a process through which Idle Muse began to explore a path forward in a world deeply affected by widespread abuses and loss,” said Jackson. “My hope is that Upon this Shore: A Tale of Pericles and the Daughters of Tyre will be a similar process through which we can explore the work of reuniting after a long separation, both as a company and as a community.”
This new adaptation of Shakespeare’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre is a story about being shipwrecked—over and over again. It’s about those cast reeling, broken against strange shores by unfeeling and inexorable forces, separated from everyone and everything they know. But it’s also about reaching: reaching across the divide to those who have been taken, casting off again to find them...risking being broken again and finally swallowed by the depths. Believing there’s a shore on the other side where a light has been left on for you. It’s about the trail of kindnesses we leave behind to light the way home.
The cast includes Brendan Hutt+, (Pericles); Mara Kovacevic*, (Thaisa); Watson Swift+,(Simonides/Antiochus); Elizabeth MacDougald* (Cerimas), Xavier Lagunas+ (Thaliard), Jennifer Mohr* (Lysimacha); Laura Jones Macknin*, (Helicanas); Morgan Manasa*, (Captain/Bawd); Linsey Falls*, (Escanes/Pander); Kade Cox+/^, (Cleon); Christina Renee Jones*, (Dyonyza); Caty Gordon*, (Marina); Erik Schnitger+ (Bolt) and Ross Compton+, (understudy Simonides/Antiochus).
The creative team includes Evan Jackson+/~ (director); Libby Beyreis*, (fight choreographer); Jennifer L. Mickelson*, (intimacy designer); Laura Wiley*/~, (lighting & projection designer); Kati Lechner*/~,(music director); L.J. Luthringer+, (music & sound designer); Jessie Gowens*, (costume designer); Tristan Brandon+/~, (properties designer/literary manager/dramaturg); Carrie Hardin*, (speech & dialect coach); Becky Warner*, (stage manager); Shellie DiSalvo*/^/~, (production manager) and Michael Dalberg+/~, (board member at large).
~Connotes Idle Muse Theatre Company Member
Pronoun Key: + (he/him/his); * (she/her/hers); ^ (they, them, theirs); = (any with respect)
ABOUT EVAN JACKSON+, ADAPTOR AND DIRECTOR
Evan Jackson serves as the artistic director of Idle Muse Theatre Company, a position he has had the honor of holding since the company’s inception. He has directed 13 previous productions for Idle Muse Theatre Company, including last season's Best for Winter, being a short Shakespeare adapted from the Winter’s Tale and other works and Equivocation; The Lion in Winter and Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (both Jeff-Recommended); The Hound of the Baskervilles; The Talking Cure; Rites and Sacrifices, a world premiere by Chicago playwright Jennifer L. Mickelson; Enchanted April; The Scullery Maid. He was also director and co-adaptor of Shotgun Shakespeare: What the Weird Sisters Saw with Idle Muse’s Literary Directo Tristan Brandon. Outside directing projects include several short plays in the Martin de Maat New Works Festival at Boxer Rebellion Theatre, and two summers serving as assistant director for Shakespeare on the Green in Lake Forest. Jackson is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University, where he received his MFA in Directing.
ABOUT IDLE MUSE THEATRE COMPANY
Idle Muse Theatre Company’s mission is to produce theatre that is transporting, timely and true. The company was established in 2006 by theatre artists interested in exploring the relationship between individuals and the worlds they inhabit. Seeking to create production opportunities for themselves and other artists, they established a modern ‘guild’ of players and environment where theatre artists of different experiences and backgrounds could develop their craft. Today, IMTC remains focused on the following core values:
Transporting: We believe that great theatre removes both audience members and artists from their respective reality and transports them to another world.
Timely: We believe that human connection can be accomplished through meaningful, relevant, and accessible storytelling here and now.
True: We believe in unflinching honesty in our signature form of storytelling.
In 2022, Idle Muse Theatre Company also began a profit share model with performers and cast members of each production. In addition to any stipend or payment for services, all cast and production members will receive a percentage of profits after production and marketing costs.
Idle Muse is continuing to monitor the evolving public health situation and will update this guidance as necessary to protect the safety of our audience, cast and production team.
Idle Muse Theatre Company is partially supported and funded by generous grants from The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.
The Edge Theater Off-Broadway has paid street parking and is wheelchair accessible with complimentary assisted listening devices available. It is located near the Red Line Bryn Mawr stop and is on the 36 Broadway bus route