In recent years, Shakespeare Dallas has peppered its seasons of Willy's Greatest Hits with the lesser-seen works, such as Cymbeline and Coriolanus. In 2013, we'll get not one but two works that aren't in the Top 20: Pericles, Prince of Tyre, which shares the summer season with mega-hit A Midsummer Night's Dream; and then The Winter's Tale in the fall season.
Pericles, which would be the first professional Dallas production of that title since Undermain Theatre staged it in the mid-1990s, back when SD artistic director Raphael Parry was still on staff at Undermain, will be directed by Parry. Midsummer will be directed by Sara Romersberger.
In the Fall, The Winter's Tale, which hasn't been as rare as Pericles locally, will be directed by René Moreno. If you want to get an early taste of that play, Shakespeare Dallas' Complete Works series, which is in its first season, will present a semi-staged reading of The Winter's Tale in the Winspear Opera House's Hamon Hall Jan. 13-14.
This is exciting. We know we'll see all of the Bard's works in the Complete Works reading series, but could Parry be prepping us for fully staged productions of titles like Timon of Athens or King John in the future, or even something from the Apochrypha, like Two Noble Kinsmen?
We can't wait to find out.
Here's more about SD's 2013 season from the news release:
DALLAS (Dec. 11, 2012) – To unpathed waters, undreamed shores, Shakespeare Dallas is presenting three classic plays by William Shakespeare for the 2013 season of Shakespeare in the Park. Featured plays this year are A Midsummer Night Dream, Pericles and The Winter’s Tale. Performances of the popular outdoor theater series will take place at the Samuell Grand Amphitheatre, 1500 Tenison Parkway in Dallas and at the Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle, in Addison, and is expected to draw crowds totaling 50,000 individuals every summer and fall.
The 2013 Shakespeare in the Park season opens in June with A Midsummer Night Dream, directed by guest Director Sara Romersberger. In the play, Theseus, Duke of Athens, and Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons are to be married and great celebrations are to be had, but things do not go as planned. With magic, love and hearsay abounding, this is one story that will surely capture audience attention until the very end. Performances at the Samuell Grand Amphitheatre run June 20- July 20. Performance time is 8:15 p.m. for all shows.
Pericles is the second production in the 2013 Shakespeare in the Park season, and is directed by Executive and Artistic Director Raphael Parry. When Pericles discovers the dreaded answer to Antioch's riddle, he flees for his life straight into famine, shipwreck, love and fatherhood. This story moves the audience through resurrection, attempted murder and pirates before reaching a divine revelation. Performances at the Samuell Grand Amphitheatre run June 12- July 19. Performance time is 8:15 p.m. for all shows.
The 2013 Shakespeare in the Park season closes with Shakespeare’s Classic The Winter’s Tale, directed by Artistic Associate René Moreno. The play begins when King Leontes of Bohemia suspects his wife, Hermione, and his friend, Polixenes, of betraying him. When he forces Polixenes to flee for his life, Leontes sets in motion a chain of events that lead to death, a ferocious bear, an infant left in the snow, young love and a statue coming to life. The production opens with performances at the Samuell Grand Amphitheatre September 18. The Winter’s Tale will conclude with performances at Addison Circle Park October 13. Performance time is 8:00 p.m. for all shows.
Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park performances on Thursdays through Sundays are $10 adults/$7 seniors and students. For Tuesday and Wednesday productions a $10 donation is requested. Children 12 and under are free. Ticket information is available online at http://www.shakespearedallas.org/online-box-office.