Chautauqua Theater Company's THE TEMPEST with Lisa Harrow Opens Tonight

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Chautauqua Theater Company's THE TEMPEST with Lisa Harrow Opens Tonight

Chautauqua Theatre Company, under the leadership of Vivienne Benesch, Artistic Director, and Sarah Clare Corporandy, Managing Director, presents William Shakespeare's magical masterwork, The Tempest, directed by Jade King Carroll, playing August 8-15 on the Bratton Theatre Mainstage. The press opening is tonight (August 9) at 6:00pm.

One storm rages on the sea. Another storm rages inside of a man. Will Prospero, the banished Duke of Milan, exact his revenge or forgive his foes? Shakespeare's magnificent last play is a meditation on family, love, mercy, and-ultimately-the theatre itself. With wonder, imagination and sheer theatricality, this powerful production will take you on a breathtaking journey.

"We are excited to welcome back Lisa Harrow as well as a phenomenally dynamic design team that is going to bring forth an exciting final production of CTC's season," said Artistic Director Vivienne Benesch.

As previously announced, actress Lisa Harrow returns to CTC to star as Prospero. The Tempest cast features Kate Abbruzzese (Miranda), Christian DeMarais (Caliban), Chasten Harmon (Ariel), John Seidman (The Man Who Came to Dinner) as Gonzalo, Keith Randolph Smith(Intimacy/Fences) as King Alonso, Marianne Rendon (Trinculo), Tramell Tillman (Ferdinand), Jonathan Majors (Sebastian), Oge Agulue(Stephano), Emma Duncan (Antonio), Greg Fallick (Adrian/Master), Toby Onwumere (Francisco/Boatswain), Susana Batres (Juno/Mariner/Spirit), Kate Eastman (Iris/Spirit/Mariner), and Chelsea Williams (Ceres/Spirit/Mariner).

The creative team includes Lee Savage, scenic design; Loren Shaw, costume design; Jane Cox, lighting design; Peter John Still, sound design; and B. Bales Karlin, stage manager.

Tickets to Shakespeare's The Tempest are $30. Order by phone at (716) 357-6250, M-F 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or order online at www.ciweb.org.

Lisa Harrow (Prospero) CTC: Third season: All My Sons, The Cherry Orchard. Off-Broadway: WIT. Regional: Wit, Medea, Mary Stuart, Electra (Pittsburgh Public); The Cherry Orchard (Yale Rep); Ion (Shakespeare Theatre, D`C); Rock'n 'Roll (Studio Theatre, DC); The Lion in Winter (NJ Shakespeare Theatre). UK: Twelfth Night, Othello, Merchant of Venice, Romeo & Juliet, Henry VIII, Man and Superman, Pygmalion. Film: Omen 3: The Final Conflict, Last Days of Chez Nous, Sunday (Winner 1997 Sundance Grand Jury Award). Television: Lisa has starred in over thirty English, European, Australian, and New Zealand TV productions. Awards: Best Actress for Last Days of Chez Nous.

Jade King Carroll (Director) CTC: First season. Regional: Trouble In Mind (Two River Theater); Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Portland Stage); A Raisin In The Sun (Juilliard & Perseverance); Seven Guitars (People's Light and Theatre & Point Park University); King Hedley II (Portland Playhouse); The Etymology of Bird (CitiParks Summer Stages); Alondra Was Here (The Wild Project); The Piano Lesson (Cape Fear Regional Theater); Autumn's Harvest (Lincoln Center Institute); Cherry Smoke (Theatre Row); Sex on Sunday (BE Company @ Urban Stages); The Basset Table (Adelphi University); Marisol (NYCDA);Black Girl, You've Been Gentrified (Joe's Pub); Radio Golf (Penn State); The History of Light, Samuel J&K, The Summer House (Passage Theatre); The Persians, Splittin' the Raft (People's Light & Theatre); Mr. Chickee's Funny Money (Atlantic Theater for Kids); Spit (Intar). Associate Director: A Streetcar Named Desire (Broadway, dir. Emily Mann). Fellowships and Awards: New York Theatre Workshop, Van Lier, Second Stage Theatre, McCarter Theatre, NYSCA and a Gates Millennial Scholarship. TCG New Generations Future Leader Award recipient, through which she was the Artistic Associate at Second Stage Theatre. She was also presented with the Paul Green Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Professional by the National Theatre Conference and The Estate of August Wilson.

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