Peril's Island

Peril’s Island is inspired by Shakespeare’s PERICLES: Prince of Tyre (performed in Clark Park), but is a completely original immersive experience. This production is one of two Park Plays, a project developed by Shakespeare in Clark Park which uses Shakespeare’s text as inspiration for a community centered original work. These Community and Company Artists from the Harrowgate community in Phildelphia generated ideas, movement and corny jokes from 2019 - 2021. We persevered through the most difficult circumstances of COVID19 to produce this important community-based work. Peril’s Island is unique to these people and this place.

Made by the members of the Harrowgate community in collaboration with Alexandra Espinosa, Lead Writer. Jordan McCree and Elle.Morris, co-composers.
Sam Tower
Sam Tower has worked in Philadelphia since 2010 as a freelance director, performing arts producer and arts administrator. She is the Co-Artistic Director of Ninth Planet , a feminist performance company making surreal shows for curious people of all ages. She views her work in the arts as a vehicle for building a more equitable and feminist society. She has worked and directed plays with organizations such as Simpatico Theatre Project, Bryn Mawr College, Applied Mechanics, FringeArts, Arden Theatre, New Paradise Laboratories, Shakespeare in Clark Park, BRAT Productions, Headlong, Kimmel Center, among others. She supported the work of Obie Award winning theatre company, New Paradise Laboratories, as the Programs Manager and Assistant Director, is the Engagement Manager for International Performing Arts for Youth, and the Administrator for experimental company, Applied Mechanics.
Costume Designer: 
Tiffany Bacon
Venue : 
Shakespeare in Clark Park - Harrowgate Park

Shakespeare in Clark Park, founded in 2005, is a theatre company committed to presenting free, outdoor productions of Shakespeare’s plays, creating a cultural event accessible to the Clark Park neighborhood and the greater Philadelphia area. While engaging the community and expanding Philadelphia’s summertime cultural scene, Shakespeare in Clark Park re-imagines the world of the park through the works of Shakespeare. A single Saturday night performance in "the Bowl" can find over 1,000 people coming out with their picnics. Free Shakespeare in the vibrant green space of Clark Park has become a much-anticipated annual event in Philadelphia. They hold a core value that public art is both important and necessary, and are committed to continuing to provide access to free and surprising performance in a community-centered environment. They believe in the continuing value of presenting Shakespeare’s work while interrogating it through a contemporary lens, and that participating in this cultural tradition allows for an extraordinary level of self-recognition and personal fulfillment for audiences and artists alike.