A workshop reading of an epic musical adaptation celebrating hard-won joy.
In its second year in residency at The Shed, The Fire Ensemble, led by artistic director Troy Anthony, presents a workshop reading of Anthony’s new musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Pericles. Anthony combines influences from Black musical traditions including gospel and R&B with Shakespearean verse to offer an updated take on shipwrecks, pirates, jousting tournaments, and epic journeys in the first public sharing of this work. Continuing The Fire Ensemble’s collective approach that centers intergenerational BIPOC communities, Pericles explores themes of grief and hard-won joy.
Originally commissioned and developed by The Public Theater, Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director, Patrick Willingham, Executive Director.
Troy Anthony, Music and Lyrics
Torya Beard, Director
Gabriel Silva, Director of Artistic Sign Language
Amrita Ramanan, Dramaturg
Ava Tiye, Spiritual Dramaturg
Atiya Taylor, Assistant Director
Erin McCoy, Stage Manager
You-Shin Chen, Stage Design Consultant
Chris Darbassie, Sound Design Consultant
Carllee James, Dresden Lamar, Jess Ames, ASL Interpreters