Pericles Content Advisory

Photo by Mike Ditz

Photo by Mike Ditz

 
 

Pericles Content Advisory

Pericles is a play firmly rooted in classical mythology, and has a few plot points that are adult in nature:

Pericles contains a brief, initial scene that references incest. This section is not explicit in any way and is mostly described metaphorically. The reference will, I believe, go well over the heads of the youngest viewers, but older children and adults will certainly understand the reference.

Another plot point worth noting is that Marina, the young heroine of the second half of the story, finds herself in several perilous situations, including being sold into a brothel. This results in bawdy situations and talk, including discussions about Marina’s virginity. Again, nothing is explicit, and there is no nudity or swear words. Using the power of reason and persuasion, she escapes unharmed and triumphant.

Parents: If this were a film, it would likely be PG. I personally would feel comfortable bringing younger children to the performance; the younger viewers will (I believe) not actually understand the references—and middle-schoolers can have some excellent conversations with you on the way home.

However, if these subjects are troubling to you, please proceed with caution! And feel free to email me with any questions: chalsma@iscla.org

—Melissa Chalsma, director