Smith Center Extends THE TEMPEST Through 4/20

Smith Center Extends THE TEMPEST Through 4/20

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts has added an additional week of performances for the world premiere of a reimagined version of "THE TEMPEST" due to popular ticket demand, which will now play April 6-20. The Smith Center's first ever co-production, "THE TEMPEST" is produced by the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), adapted and directed by Aaron Posner and Teller from the play by William Shakespeare, with magic by Teller, music by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan and movement by Matt Kent of Pilobolus. "THE TEMPEST" performances will take place at The Smith Center's Donald W. Reynolds Symphony Park in a 500-seat climate-controlled tent, where no seat is more than 60 feet from the stage. Performances are scheduled Tuesday-Sunday at 8 p.m. with additional matinees at 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets for all performances begin at $35 and are on sale now at The Smith Center box office, online at or by phone at (702) 749-2000.

"We are thrilled at the community's response to "THE TEMPEST," our very first co-production at The Smith Center with A.R.T.," says MyRon Martin, president and CEO of The Smith Center. "We are adding an additional week of performances to meet demand and allow more guests to experience the world premiere of this incredible staging of the classic William Shakespeare play with an inventive, magical twist."

Experience Prospero's wizardry in this thrilling new production of "THE TEMPEST" featuring magic by illusionist Teller (of the legendary duo Penn & Teller). When shipwrecked aristocrats wash up on the shores of Prospero's strange island, they find themselves immersed in a world of trickery and amazement, where music by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan and Pilobolus' athletic movement animate the spirits and monsters. But the revels come to an end when the master magician realizes he has neglected his life in service of his art, and must now relinquish his conjuring in order to reclaim his life and provide for the future of his only child.

"The Tempest" at The Smith Center will serve as the production's world premiere. Following the world premiere in Las Vegas, the show will move to Cambridge, MA to begin performances at A.R.T. and then Washington D.C. and New York City.

A perfect opportunity to continue their commitment to the Las Vegas community, Land Rover Las Vegas is the official sponsor of the Las Vegas run of "The Tempest." As part of its role, Land Rover Las Vegas will have a hospitality tent complete with refreshments for sale pre-show as well as rare vintage vehicles on display.

Director and adaptor Aaron Posner is a Helen Hayes and Barrymore Award-winning playwright and director. His adaptations include "Macbeth" (with Teller, from Shakespeare), "Stupid Fucking Bird" (adapted from Chekhov's "The Seagull"), "Who Am I This Time? (& Other Conundrums of Love)" adapted from Kurt Vonnegut short stories, "The Chosen" and "My Name is Asher Lev" (adapted from the Chaim Potok novels), "Sometimes a Great Notion" (adapted from Ken Kesey), a nine-actor "Cyrano," and musical adaptation of Mark Twain's "A Murder, A Mystery & A Marriage," and many more. Posner is a founder and former artistic director of Philadelphia's Arden Theatre and has directed at major regional theaters from coast to coast. He is an artistic associate at Milwaukee Rep and the Folger Theatre in Washington, DC (where his recent production of "Romeo and Juliet" received rave reviews).

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