No Holds Bard: The Pericles Project is a 16-episode serialization of Shakespeare's Pericles, Prince of Tyre. Join the tense trials and travails of one Shakespeare's most meh characters in one of his most so-so plays.  Each episode was filmed outdoors, all around Milwaukee, with small groups of socially distant safe and healthy actors. For your enjoyment, 16 palatable segments are presented two at a time, every other week and will feature a live host, live commentary, and live chat, all in a lively presentation with a lively cocktail recipe!  

Episodes begin January 13th at 7:30 p.m.
Visit the Current Episodes page for the most recent episodes.
Previous episodes will available on this page before the next broadcast.

Episode 1: To Seek a Princess and Find an Assassin

Pericles comes before Antiochus to try solving a riddle, on pain of death, to gain Antiochus' daughter in marriage. Pericles discovers that the answer to the riddle is disturbing and it takes all of his guile to escape the clutches of the king determined to keep his sordid secret at all costs.

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Episode 2: To Flee or Not to Flee

As we witnessed to our horror last episode, Antiochus has engaged Thaliard, the assassin. His job - to kill our hero, Pericles. Why? Because Antiochus composed a riddle that was so lamely easy to decipher the insidious and icky meaning. We flee with Pericles to his home kingdom of Tyre. There, our hero laments his grave predicament to his trusted, elderly (no offense, Deb) advisor Helicanus, who counsels Pericles to run. Pericles agrees, leaves Helicanus in charge and sets sail to Tarsus – and not a moment too soon! Hot on Pericles’ heels, Thaliard arrives in Tyre with cold steel in his scabbard, hot gold in his pocket, and looking to scam his way into the castle.


Episode 3: Tired of Tyre, A Terrified Trek to Tarsus


Sneaky assassin Thaliard listens in to Helicanus and the Lords, discovers that Pericles has fled, and presents himself as a friendly visitor. They invite him to hang out and party. 


Utterly despairing, Governor Cleon and Dionyza (the real power here) are in dire straits. Yes, their people are starving and their economy is in ruins, but the most dastardly thing is that she has to wear last season’s Manolos...
Wait! Here comes Pericles with a boat load of supplies, but will that boat stay afloat? Gower warns of ruin ahead and shares shocking news about Antiochus and the assassin Thaliard.  Someone won’t survive this episode! 

Tune in for the twists and turns in Tyre and Tarsus!


Episode 4: Friendly Fishermen Find Forlorn Pfericles

Philosophers or fishermen? The scales drop from Pericles’ eyes as these noble-of-heart laborers-of-the-seas lend aid, comfort, and the inside scoop on the festivities in town. Seems King Simonides is having a debutante party to present his daughter Thaisa to suitors for marriage. (It’s a thing.) Pericles, obviously having forgotten that that didn’t work out so well for him in episode 1, decides to give it a go. Bonus: He just happens to find his father’s old armor tangled up in one of the fisherman’s nets! What are the odds…?


Episode 5: Party in Pentapolis!

Is this my father’s armor I see before me? Rusty and covered in muck? That is totally the way to a Princess’ heart – or so Pericles believes as he begs the wearing of it and directions to the court of King Simonides.  Our good prince thrusts himself into the competition vying for Thaisa’s favor. Ah, Pericles! You sly devil! Way to stand out in your old dirty clothes and shining manner. Those dancy, prancy knights have nothing on our stalwart hero – just ask the soon to be starry-eyed Thaisa.


Episode 6: Passion in Pentapolis and Trying Times in Tyre

Simonides likes Pericles. Thaisa likes Pericles. Lychorida is going to make sure that Thaisa doesn’t like Pericles too much. Poor Thaisa, though. She’s a goner when our hero struts his tail feathers. Time goes on.
Back in Tyre, Helicanus spills the beans over a cozy cuppa and explains to Escanes that Pericles had to beat feet because Antiochus – remember his icky highness from episode 1? – realized that Pericles had discovered his dirty little incestuous secret and so he sent an assassin to kill Pericles. The Lords of Tyre think Helicanus is doing a bang up job ruling in Pericles’ absence and urge her to accept the official title of ruler. Stall, Helicanus, stall for time!


Episode 7: Bad Stuff, Bad Stuff, Bad Stuff, and a Wedding.

After Simonides indulges in good-natured cat-and-mousing hijinx, Thaisa and Pericles are married. 9 months later, word arrives – as sung by Gower - that Antiochus is dead (huzzah!), Pericles can return home to Tyre (huzzah!) and foretells of a shipwreck (huz… wait a minute!) that may once again fling Pericles – plus the addition of wife and child – afloat in a cold, cold world.
(Original broadcast streamed live from Turner Hall!)


Episode 8: Just When You Thought it was Safe to Go into the Water

Our hero’s ship is tossed by the storm and Thaisa, dead from childbirth, is tossed overboard. Realizing they are again near Tarsus, Pericles aims his storm-and-grief-wracked vessel toward refuge. Poor Thaisa’s coffin floats its way to Ephesus, is found by Ephesians and is lugged into the town of (you guessed it) Ephesus where Ephesian doctor Cerimon discovers a case of premature coffining.
(Original broadcast streamed live from Turner Hall!)


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