January 16 - February 21, 2016 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage

Shakespeare’s adventure-filled romance

Enter Pirates! Set sail with Pericles, Prince of Tyre, on an action-packed, epic journey. In heroic fashion, Pericles woos a princess, fights a famine, weathers storms and a shipwreck, wins the hand of his wife, loses her at sea, and entrusts his only child to a king and queen. From a riddle to a heartrending reunion, Shakespeare’s tale charts one man’s sweeping voyage from a headstrong youth to a sage, world-weary man, with humor, pathos and passion.

Direct from critically acclaimed runs at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Folger Theatre, Pericles marks the highly-anticipated Guthrie directorial debut of Artistic Director Joseph Haj. Experience Shakespeare’s beautiful, yet rarely produced play through this stunningly rendered production, featuring live music composed by Tony Award-winner Jack Herrick (Red Clay Ramblers).

Run time: 2 hours 25 minutes including one intermission


Barzin Akhavan
Pericles Wayne T. Carr
Jeffrey Blair Cornell
Musician Darcy Danielson
Gower/Ensemble Armando Durán
Lysimachus/Lord/Ensemble Michael Gabriel Goodfriend
Marina/Antiochus' Daughter/
Jennie Greenberry
Michael J. Hume
Cedric Lamar
Thaisa/Dionyza/Ensemble Brooke Parks
Lord of Tyre/Sailor/Ensemble Zlato Rizziolli
Emily Serdahl
U. Jonathan Toppo
Sailor/Pirate/Ensemble Samuel L. Wick

Artistic Staff

Director Joseph Haj
Music Direction &
Music and Lyrics Composition
Jack Herrick
Scenic Design Jan Chambers
Costume Design Raquel Barreto
Lighting Design Rui Rita
Sound Design Amadon Jaeger
Video Design Francesca Talenti
Movement Director Sarah Lozoff
Vocal Coach Lucinda Holshue
Production Stage Manager Gwen Turos
Assistant Stage Manager Justin Hossle
Associate Director Dawn Monique Williams
Assistant Director Addie A. Gorlin


Pericles production photo
Pericles production photo
Pericles production photo
Pericles production photo
Pericles production photo
Pericles production photo
Pericles production photo
Photos by Jenny Graham


Minnesota Monthly: Joe Haj Directs Pericles at the Guthrie
Mpls.St.Paul Magazine: Remembrance of Guthries Past
Washington Post: Theater 2015: Hamilton was the best, but here are 9 other standouts
DC Theatre Scene: Pericles cast talk about keeping it fresh on the road
Washington Post: Oregon’s theater trail to Washington
Associated Press: Not your average Joe: Haj makes Guthrie directing debut
Twin Cities Arts Reader: Q&A with Pericles Costume Designer Raquel Barreto
Star Tribune: Act One for Joe Haj: Pericles gives audiences a look at his work
City Pages: Joseph Haj works debut magic with Pericles
New York Times: Review - Pericles, Lashed by Sorrows, at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
The Oregonian: Review - A magical, must-see Pericles, yes Pericles
Mail Tribune: Review - OSF elevates the neglected Pericles
Times Standard: Review - Remarkable Pericles stuns, dazzles at OSF
Pioneer Press: Review - Pericles is an impressive debut for new Guthrie chief
MSP Magazine: Review - Pericles @ The Guthrie


National Endowment of the Arts Podcast: Interview with Wayne T. Carr
WAMU: Art Beat, radio feature
Minnesota Public Radio: For Guthrie's Haj, Pericles tells a refugee's story


Director Notes: A Sophisticated, Spiritual Play...with Pirates
Stage Notes: Pericles at Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Shakespeare in American CommunitiesThe Guthrie Theater's production is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
MSABClean Water Land and Legacy AmendentThis activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.