2017 – Pericles Wet



Directed by Michael Mendelson*

Ben Newman**
Alex Ramirez de Cruz
Dave Bodin
Murri Lazaroff-Babin
Shannon Mastel
Samson Syharath
Andrea White

Commissioned and workshopped by  
Portland Shakespeare Project and Proscenium Live!

Please join us for one of our interesting and informative pre- or post-show discussions:

Pre-show Discussions:

Thursday, December 7, 6:45 to 7:15 pm:  Ellen Margolis and Dr. Daniel Pollack-Pelzner

Thursday, December 14,  6:45 to 7:15 pm:  Ellen Margolis and Michael Mendelson

Post-show Discussions:

Sunday, December 3:  Dr. Daniel Pollack-Pelzner and Michael Mendelson

Sunday, December 10:  Michael Mendelson

Sunday, December 17:  Ellen Margolis, Dr. Daniel Pollack-Pelzner and
Michael Mendelson

Pericles Wet is a contemporary and visceral reimagining of a poignant fable, inspired by William Shakespeare’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre.

When Pericles, a young prince, vies for the hand of a neighboring princess, he recognizes in her father’s riddle a coded secret.  Facing certain death if he reveals this dark secret, Pericles flees, abandoning Princess Hesperides, who sees in his departure the loss of her last hope.  While she comforts herself with empty curses, Pericles carries a burden of guilt with him as he travels the world and encounters adventures, silly, romantic and chilling.  


Playwright, Ellen Margolis

Ellen Margolis talks about writing Pericles Wet here


Ellen Margolis is a member of the Dramatists Guild. Her plays, which have been produced at theatres and festivals throughout the United States, include Licking BatteriesCalumniesAmerican Soil, How to Draw Mystical CreaturesWhat We Thought, Second Career, Prime, and A Little Chatter, which appears in a collection of baseball plays from Mile Square Theatre. Her most recent play, Hide, will be produced at Pacific University in October of 2017 under the direction of Matthew B. Zrebski.  Ellen has received commissions from Proscenium Theatre Journal & the Portland Shakespeare Project, Teen West, Mile Square Theatre, Shaking-the-Tree Studio, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Her work has been published by Smith & Kraus; Playscripts, Inc.; YouthPLAYS; and in the Proscenium Theatre Journal.  She is also the editor of Singular Voices, a book of monologues from the International Centre for Women Playwrights. Her plays have received awards or recognition from the Portland Civic Theatre Guild, the New York International Fringe Festival, the Trustus Foundation, the Jane Chambers Competition, the National 10-Minute Play Contest, and the Oregon New Play Program. She is currently at work on a musical for children, based on stories by Crockett Johnson.  Ellen teaches in the Department of Theatre & Dance at Pacific University.

*Member, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
**Member, Actors’ Equity Association, the professional union of actors and stage managers.