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Jobsite Theater is bringing back their production of Pericles: Prince of Tires in a showcase format to take to New York after playing a week of encore performances in Tampa. Pericles: Prince of Tires is a comic rock mob musical based on William Shakespeare’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre.
Joe Popp (dogs on ice, The Hornrims, MAXWELL) has paired his power-punk music and oddball sense of humor with the estimable talents of perennial Jobsite wordsmiths Neil Gobioff & Shawn Paonessa (The Curse of Milhaven, The March of the Kitefliers) to create an ass-kicking good time.
This telling of Pericles has been shifted in time and space to modern era United States. Perry, “Prince of Tires”, gets caught up in a web of intrigue, incest and the mafia as he tries to balance having a family while also running a “family.” His sometimes hilarious and sometimes poignant exploits take him through New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts, while he dodges mob hits, lecherous carnies, multiple storms at sea, and losing his wife and daughter. As his epic journey ends, he learns that saving both his biological family and his mafia family are rooted in truly understanding the value of loyalty, honor and love.
Shakespeare’s Pericles centers around a young Greek prince travelling to exotic locales in what’s today Greece, Turkey and Lebanon. Despite many successful stagings over the years, Shakespeare’s Pericles is typically considered one of his lesser plays. The first nine scenes of the original are often argued to not even be the Bard’s work.
Jobsite’s Pericles largely keeps the major plot and structure of Shakespeare’s play and in some instances keeps the same character names. However, Pericles: Prince of Tires is considerably more accessible and immediate to a modern audience.
Theocratic royalty is replaced with underworld royalty, as the plot is spun with both dramatic and comedic elements that audiences will instantly recognize from modern classics like The Godfather and The Sopranos. Anyone familiar with the original play will easily see the corollaries; those who aren’t won’t miss a thing.
This production is being presented in New York through HEREstay, a curated rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical and administrative support.
Pericles contains adult language and subject matter and is intended for mature audiences only.
I still think one of the most fielded questions I’m getting regarding the opening of Pericles is if it’s in verse or not, or how
Pericles: Prince of Tires returns to Jobsite – Creative Loafing
Radar: Pericles – Creative Loafing
Pericles: A New Rock Musical comes to TBPAC – St. Petersburg Times
With musical makeover, Shakespeare rocks – Tampa Tribune
Theater interview: Joe Popp works his magic in Jobsite’s Pericles – Creative Loafing
Artbeat: Pericles – Reax
Shakespeare rocks: Tampa artists turn Richard III, Pericles into wild fun – TBT
Pericles: Prince of Tires – Time Out New York
Pericles Plays HERE Arts Center 4/15–17 – Broadway World.com
Pericles on Broadway World.com.
Check out Pericles creators Joe Popp, Shawn Paonessa & Neil Gobioff and director David M. Jenkins discuss the show on WMNF 88.5’s Art in Your Ear (32 min. into the show.)
- David M. Jenkins – Director
- Xylina Golding – Stage Manager/Lighting & Video Operator
Music and Book
- Joe Popp – Composer, Lyricist & Guitarist
- Tylor Durand – Composer & Drummer
- Brian McCabe – Composer & Bassist
- Neil Gobioff – Playwright
- Shawn Paonessa – Playwright
- Katie Castonguay – Marina, et. al.
- Jason Evans – Lizard, et. al.
- Amy E. Gray – Dion, et. al.
- Spencer Meyers – Henry, et. al.
- Chris Perez – Fat Tony, et. al.
- Joe Popp – Gower
- Stephen Ray – Perry
- Shawn Paonessa – Vinnie Carbonza
- Ami Sallee – Talia
- Katrina Stevenson – News Reporter
- Summer Bohnenkamp – Sound Operator
- Amy E. Gray – Voice Coach
- David M. Jenkins – Video Designer
- Kevin Kennedy – Sound Designer/Engineer
- Shawn Paonessa – Video Engineer
- Brian M. Smallheer – Lighting & Scenic Designer
- Katrina Stevenson – Costume Designer
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