Paul Pryce

Paul Pryce in Elm Shakespeare's "Pericles." (Mike Franzman / August 13, 2014)

The 19-year-old Elm Shakespeare Company of New Haven goes off the greatest-hits grid to present a work by the Bard that is beguiling, charming and not overplayed. It presents an al fresco "Pericles" Aug. 14 to 31 at Edgerton Park, off Whalley Avenue on the Hamden/New Haven border.

The wild, sea-faring, odyssey-like tale is expected to attracted thousands (as did last year's "Julius Caesar" which brought out audiences of more than 2,500 at some performances). The epic tale has an epic stage for the show, too, with set designer Vladimir Shpitalnik creating a 95-foot stage with three islands and connected bridges. Artistic direcror James Andreassi stages the work which for this production is set in the West Indies in the late 18th Century.

Gracie Brown-Keirstead and Yale Shool of Drama grad Paul Pryce are in leading roles. Information: www.elmshakespeare.org.