Red Bull Theater’s Zoom Reading of: Pericles, Prince of Tyre

I have always found Pericles to be the most confusing, most confounding, most difficult, and most troubling of any of the plays attributed to William Shakespeare. It is at once fantastical and absurd and just completely unbelievable even compared to other dramas of the period. And despite the Red Bull Theater‘s mastery at performing readings in Zoom and Kent Gash’s masterful direction, they weren’t able to dissuade me of my opinion.

And they assembled a marvelous cast…again. And all of the principle characters shone through!

But I have to give special note to Grantham Coleman, who plays the title role of Pericles. With the limited environment provided within a Zoom window, we sense and feel all of the various emotions and situations sorely suffered by Pericles. A truly masterpiece of ‘acting’ in this reading format. Bravo! His performance alone was worth overcoming my befuddlement around this play.

For me the other standouts are Callie Holley as Marina, as long suffering as her father, Pericles himself and the multi-roled Jordan Mahome, particularly as Leonine and Lysimachus!

It is not uncommon for large cast plays with a large number of small roles, for an actor to play more than one role. It is confusing enough on a stage when costuming and scenic location provide tells for who is who and where we are. It is far more difficult in a Zoom setting where costuming is at a minimum and there are no scenic changes to provide that bit of extra identifying context. I found it particularly confusing in Pericles…and although Red Bull does its best to label the Zoom windows with a character’s name, they weren’t able to do it as completely here as in the past.


Gower/Cerimon Michele Shay

Antiochus/Simonides/Boult Timothy D. Stickney

Pericles Grantham Coleman

Philemon/Diana Shirine Babb

Lysimachus/Thaliard/Leonine Jordan Mahome

Helicanus/Pandar Bhavesh Patel

Cleon Craig Wallace

Dionyza Mahira Kakkar

Thaisa Kimberly Chatterjee

Bawd/Lychordia Caroline Clay

Marina Callie Holley

Clown 1 Edward O’Blenis

Clown 2 Anthony Michael Martinez

The reading itself was only available for a limited time as all previous Red Bull Theater readings have been, so as of this writing it is gone. There, however, are other videos available related to this presentation!

And Red Bull Theater is now back for the fall with in person theater, so if you are in the neighborhood, check out their new season! But I hope that doesn’t mean that these readings will come to an end. Being a thousand miles away from their home base, these readings are a remarkable touch base to their remarkable theater.

American PlayersTheatre Announces Their 2022 Season!

SPRING GREEN, WIS: American Players Theatre (APT) has announced the 2022 season lineup, including five plays originally slated to run in the 2020 season, which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The summer season will run June 11 through October 9, 2022.

The lineup in the 1,089-seat, outdoor Hill Theatre includes William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Love’s Labour’s Lost; Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s comedy of manners The Rivals; Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, adapted by Jessica Swale; and Lorraine Hansberry’s great American classic, A Raisin in the Sun.

And in the 200-seat indoor Touchstone Theatre, the season includes The River Bride by Marisela Treviño Orta; The Brothers Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney; and The Moors by Jen Silverman. Stones in His Pockets by Marie Jones will run in fall of 2022, dates to be announced later.

Artistic Director Brenda DeVita:

“2022 is about moving forward and building on all that we’ve accomplished, not just this year – and let’s be clear, our 2021 season was a huge, amazing accomplishment – but building on the plans that we’ve been making over the last decade. That examination of what makes a classic, and how do we continue to evolve and grow as an organization and a company? And you’ll see that conversation continue in the 2022 plays.”

“We are welcoming back a big, beautiful, quintessential APT season, with two Shakespeares and a restoration comedy, which our company is singularly suited to perform. We are returning to our repertory structure, which we missed more than we ever would have imagined. And we are exploring incredible plays by playwrights that APT has not been able to stage in the past, like Lorraine Hansberry and Tarell Alvin McCraney and Jen Silverman. It’s a season that fits perfectly within our foundation, and with our future plans, and it’s just thrilling to be starting work on what we hope and expect will be a glorious summer.”

Ticket on-sale dates will be released at a later date. The season calendar will be released in early January, 2022. More information at

In the meantime, the 2021 season continues in the Touchstone Theatre, with Shana Cooper’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew running through November 14. And on November 26, James DeVita and Josh Schmidt’s original musical The Gift of the Magi directed by Malkia Stampley will return to the Touchstone and will run through December 19, 2021. Tickets for both plays are on sale now at

The 2022 Plays

In the Hill Theatre

The Rivals

By Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Directed by Aaron Posner

Lydia Languish is bound and determined to marry only for love, a situation that she expects (and, oddly, hopes) will land her in the poor house. This causes a conundrum for the wealthy Jack Absolute, who is in love with Lydia, but doesn’t meet the requirement of being destitute. So to woo her, Jack takes on the persona of Ensign Beverly, a poor enlisted man. But Lydia’s aunt, the ridiculous Mrs. Malaprop, can never allow such a love connection, setting the couple and their cohort into a hilarious comedy of manners; the kind that APT hits right in the sweet spot.

Featuring Kelsey Brennan, Phoebe González, David Daniel, Brian Mani & Marcus Truschinski

Jane Austen’s

Sense and Sensibility

Adapted by Jessica Swale

Directed by Marti Lyons

When the well-off Henry Dashwood passes away, his estate, by law, goes to his eldest son, John, leaving Henry’s second wife and three daughters – young Margaret, tempestuous Marianne and reserved Elinor – with no home, and little income. Those are high stakes for women in the early 1800s, and the ladies are forced to rely on the kindness of the good-hearted Middletons. Though times are hard, the sisters meet many new friends along the way, and soon Marianne and Elinor find that, while love is easy enough to fall into, it can be a hard emotion to negotiate when your family and future are on the line. A charming romance from Jane Austen.

Featuring Tracy Michelle Arnold, Sarah Day, Tim Gittings, Jamal James, Brian Mani & Marcus Truschinski


By William Shakespeare

Directed by James DeVita

Returning home from school after the death of his father and rapid remarriage of his mother to his uncle, Hamlet is pondering his options. Did his uncle, Claudius, murder his father? How much does his mother, Gertrude, know about the perceived crime? How far will the young prince go while investigating, and who will pay the price for what he finds? Family bonds balance on the head of a pin, as the collective father-son relationship pulses through every word; a play that revels in contradictions and defies categorization, last seen at APT in 2013.

Featuring Nate Burger as Hamlet. Also featuring Kelsey Brennan, David Daniel, Alys Dickerson, Jamal James, Chiké Johnson, Colleen Madden & Triney Sandoval.

A Raisin in the Sun

By Lorraine Hansberry

Directed by Tasia A. Jones

On the South Side of Chicago in the 1950s, the Youngers have lost their patriarch. But with this tragedy comes a rare financial boon for the family – a $10,000 insurance payment that could change their lives and fulfill dreams long postponed. As their family dynamics spin, it soon becomes clear that everyone has different ideas about how the money should be used, causing divisions and mistrust. A stunning American classic that examines how racism suppresses the lives and aspirations of Black families. 

Featuring Chiké Johnson, Gavin Lawrence & Greta Oglesby

Love’s Labour’s Lost

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Brenda DeVita

An early Shakespeare comedy returns to our stage for the first time in two decades. The King of Navarre and his three companions, Berowne, Dumaine and Longaville, commit themselves to three years of hard study with no distractions. To firm up his resolve, the King declares that no woman will be allowed within a mile of the court. When a French Princess arrives with her attendants, Rosaline, Maria and Katherine, the men immediately regret their oath in this fun and satisfying summer Shakespeare. 

Featuring Nate Burger, David Daniel, Melisa Pereyra, James Ridge, Marcus Truschinski & Triney Sandoval

In the Touchstone Theatre

The River Bride

By Marisela Treviño Orta

Directed by Robert Ramirez

Helena’s feelings about her sister Belmira’s wedding to Duarte are complicated, much like her relationships with both Belmira and Duarte themselves. But Helena’s thoughts are redirected when her father literally fishes a mysterious man out of the Amazon River, sending everyone’s plans into upheaval in this lyrical fable about the complexities of love. 

Featuring Erica Cruz Hernández, Melisa Pereyra, Ronald Román-Meléndez & Triney Sandoval

The Brothers Size

By Tarell Alvin McCraney

Directed by Gavin Lawrence

In the Louisiana bayou, Ogun Size is the hardworking and steady brother to the younger Oshoosi. Ogun worries constantly about his brother, who’s fresh out of jail, and when Elegba, Oshoosi’s former prison-mate, arrives with a gift, the brothers’ relationship is thrown out of balance. Influenced by the rich culture of the Yoruba people of West Africa, this contemporary tale begins in ritual and evolves into a tough and tender drama of what it means to brother and be brothered. Combining flights of poetry, music and dance, The Brothers Size explores the tenuousness of freedom and the need to belong.

Featuring Nathan Barlow, Jalen Gilbert & Rasell Holt

The Moors

By Jen Silverman

Directed by Keira Fromm

A young governess arrives at a remote manor after exchanging semi-romantic correspondence with the mysterious Mr. Branwell. But when the door opens, the only residents of the house seem to be Branwell’s two sisters, a maid (or maybe two maids?) and a lovelorn mastiff. And no man to be found, or child to be cared for. An inspired, whimsical satire that both embraces and sends up the gothic musings of the Brontë sisters; a play the New York Times called “…the reason we go to theater.” 

Featuring Tracy Michelle Arnold, Kelsey Brennan, Jim DeVita & Colleen Madden.

Stones in His Pockets

By Marie Jones

Directed by Tim Ocel

Two down-on-their-luck men in a down-on-its-luck Irish town are given what they hope is a chance at the good life. Jake and Charlie have been cast as extras in a Hollywood movie – a shaft of light through the clouds of their dreary rural existence. Like most sets, this one is rife with drama on stage and off – some hilarious and some heartbreaking – as the American cast and crew try to immerse themselves in Jake and Charlie’s culture, and vice-versa. A two-hander with each actor playing multiple characters in this unique and enthralling tragicomedy.

Featuring Nate Burger & Marcus Trushinski playing every role.

About the Theatre

APT is a professional repertory theater devoted to the great and future classics. It was founded in 1979 and continues to be one of the most popular outdoor classical theaters in the nation.

The Theatre is located in Spring Green, Wis., on 110 acres of hilly woods and meadows above the Wisconsin River. The outdoor amphitheater is built within a natural hollow atop an oak-wooded hill. Under the dome of sky, 1,089 comfortably cushioned seats encircle three sides of the stage. In 2009, APT opened the 201-seat indoor Touchstone Theatre, offering a different type of play and experience.

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