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Notre Dame Shakespeare Fest at Taltree

The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival (NDSF) is pleased to announce that their 2016 Young Company production of William Shakespeare’s Pericles will be performing at outdoor venues throughout Michiana (July 17–August 22), with the premiere performance taking place at Taltree Arboretum & Gardens’ during the nonprofit’s Shakespeare Festival on Sunday, July 17th!

According to director Cameron Knight, “Pericles is a lesson in heroic faith: faith in friendship, honor, love, and God. That faith is rewarded at the end of this journey and is the central theme of this beautiful play.”

Full of music, magic, swordfights, and pirates, the Young Company’s 80-minute production of Pericles brings the high stakes of the high seas to green spaces across northern Indiana and southwest Michigan. Both fugitive and castaway, young Prince Pericles sets sail to reclaim his family, his kingdom, and the favor of the gods.

Not only an epic adventure, Pericles is a powerful commentary on our current refugee crisis. According to Kate Pitt from our partner, the Folger Shakespeare Library, “Pericles dramatizes the courage and heartbreak of refugees from ancient times to today’s crisis in Europe. The title character flees for his life and travels through cities in Turkey, Libya, and Greece in search of a home for himself and his family.”

Taltree’s Shakespeare Festival at 450 West 100 North in Valparaiso kicks off at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 17 with food trucks and hands-on, family-friendly activities throughout the day. Admission is $20 per car load until 6 p.m., when admission is free. The performance begins at 6:30 p.m. and there is no charge to attend the play.

All Young Company performances are free and take place outdoors. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy!

More information about the Taltree performance is available online at www.taltree.org or by calling (219) 462-0025. Call (574) 631-3777 or visit shakespeare.nd.edu to learn more about The Young Company and other exciting programs brought to you by Shakespeare at Notre Dame.

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Sue Baxter