Aux Dog Theatre's THE PERICLES PROJECT Begins Today

Aux Dog Theatre Nob Hill & X-Space, in honor of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, presents THE PERICLES PROJECT, a story theatre adaptation by Randi Klein of Shakespeare's Pericles, Prince of Tyre, as performed by a group of actors as if they are rehearsing the Shakespeare play. THE PERICLES PROJECT begins today, April 15, and continues to May 1.

Have you ever wished you could enjoy Shakespeare but didn't know where to begin? Have you wondered what it is like to be a cast member of a play? THE PERICLES PROJECT, brings Shakespeare alive to you through the eyes of the cast members in an informal, intimate, and entertaining way.

In addition, a very special event, the inaugural Auxspeare Dogberry IAMBITHON, will be held on April 23rd at 3 pm in the Aux Dog Theatre lobby to honor the day of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Open to all in the community, actors and non-actors alike, everyone is invited to recite their favorite Shakespeare sonnet or speech from a Shakespeare play in this celebratory event. Participants may also choose to perform a scene from a Shakespeare play. Please join us on April 23 to share in a tribute to the Bard's works. Coffee and refreshments will be served. Call 505-254-7716 to reserve your performance slot.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre, is a Shakespeare play that is full of adventure, drama, and romance, following the journey of Pericles as he travels to different exotic lands to seek a wife and to escape an undeserved death sentence.

THE PERICLES PROJECT begins with a theater group rehearsing a shortened version of Pericles, Prince of Tyre. They have to figure out how a small group of 10 actors will play the more than two dozen characters in Shakespeare's cast of characters.

The actors performing this rehearsal are relatively new to Shakespeare and must struggle to break through to the power and beauty of Shakespeare's language, thereby offering a viewing experience for the audience that is both accessible and inviting. In addition, the actors share banter between the scenes, giving audiences a unique behind-the-scenes look at how actors prepare to perform a play.

THE PERICLES PROJECT is directed by Randi Klein, who also is an actor, teacher, and writer. She recently performed her first one-woman show "The House Next Door" at Aux Dog, teaches at Sol Acting Academy, and last directed the world premiere of a new musical, All the More to Love, for the Flagstaff (AZ) Light Opera Company. She has a BA in Theatre from Loyola University of Chicago and a Masters in Directing from Arizona State University. Her New York Off-Off Broadway production of Jim Magnuson one-acts, earned "Show Business" Best Director and Best Production awards. She is an Artistic Associate at Aux Dog and is on the Aux Dog Board.

Cast members of "THE PERICLES PROJECT" include:

- Eric Young (Lonnie, playing Pericles) is a stage and film/TV actor from Los Lunas whose most recent stage role was Reverend Sykes in To Kill a Mockingbird with Mother Road Productions.

- Dalisa Contreras (Joey, playing Marina, et al) of Albuquerque is making her stage debut after 6 years as a model and film/TV actor, her main role to date being Tia in the PRC Productions' Indie film Truth.

- Kristine Cornils (Helen, playing Thaisa and Daughter) acted in the northern Virginia area before moving to Albuquerque and was recently host of Landscaping Southwest TV.

- Anne Laun (Meredith, playing Gower, Dionyza, et al.) has acted for 8 years, her favorite role to date being Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and she is currently a vocal performance major at UNM.

- Richard Hample (Dustin, playing Antiochus, Simonides, et al.) of Albuquerque is making his acting debut after 23 years as a high school English teacher.

- Michael Wilbourn (A.C., playing Helicanus, et al.), of Las Vegas, NM, most recently appeared in a multimedia film and is studying acting at Sol Acting Academy and Ovations Film Acting Studio.

- Teresa Longo (Ange, playing Lychorida, Bawd, et al.) of Albuquerque is a film and stage actress, currently starring in Season 3 of the Web series, "Where's Norma Now?"

- Zack Frankel (Lester, playing Thaliard, Leonine, et al.) is an accomplished guitarist and is making his Albuquerque theatre debut after doing theatre while a student at Eldorado High School.

- Rob Smith (Charles, playing Cleon, Lysimachus, et al.) is making his Albuquerque theatre debut after studying acting, including at Sol Acting Academy.

- Elizabeth Langston (Amy/"Stage Manager," playing Marshal, et al.) graduated from CNM with an AA in Communications and is in her second show with Aux Dog, having recently appeared in The Graduate.

THE PERICLES PROJECT will be performed at the Aux Dog Theatre X-Space, on Fridays and Saturdays at 6 pm and Sundays at 4 pm, beginning April 15 and continuing through May 1. Please note these times. The non-traditional performance times reflect our non-traditional twist on this exciting Shakespeare story.

The Aux Dog Theatre X-Space, which is next door to the main stage of the Aux Dog Theatre, is at 3015 Monte Vista Blvd., NE, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Tickets can be purchased at www.auxdog.com or by calling 505-254-7716.



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