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 here on this page a few days after the live 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.

Airing January 13, 2021

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.

Airing January 13. 2021

Episode 3:

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Airing January 27, 2021

Episode 4

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Airing January 27,2021

For the full list of cocktail recipes click on the image below!

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