Extreme Shakespeare: Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival actors take control of Pericles

By Kathy Lauer-Williams for The Morning Call, 25 July 2015

“Terrifying.”

That word came up again and again as actors described what it’s like performing in a play presented the way it would have been in Shakespeare’s time.

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is presenting “Pericles,” one of Shakespeare’s four romances, without a director, with a short rehearsal time and with minimal set and props. It’s a style Festival Artistic Director Patrick Mulcahy terms “extreme Shakespeare.”

Rehearsal began just four days before “Pericles” opened Wednesday.

“When we perform, the audience is on the edge of their seats,” says Christopher Patrick Mullen, who plays Pericles, the handsome Prince of Tyre who goes on a quest to find a queen. “No matter what happens, we will be on pins and needles through each performance. It’s frightening, but there’s something electric about that.”

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