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The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse Presents THE TEMPEST

The Atlanta Shakespeare Company at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse presents
The Tempest.

The Tempest
$15 General Admission Preview Thursday November 5, 2015
$20 General Admission Preview Friday November 6, 2015

Performances November 7-29, 2015
No performance on Thanksgiving

Directed by J. Tony Brown

Shipwrecked after a violent storm, little do the survivors know that they have landed on an enchanted isle controlled by Prospero, the magician and full of sprites and other extraordinary creatures. Prospero's magic can do many things, but will it mend a family feud and set Ariel and Caliban free? Come and see what fantastical events will be.

The cast and crew wil host a Question and Answer session on Sunday November 15 after the show.

Dramatis Personae:

Prospero - Jeff Watkins

Miranda, Spirit - Amanda Lindsey

Ferdinand, Spirit - Adam King

Ariel - Mary Ruth Ralston

Caliban, Spirit - Ralph del Rosario

Stephano - Troy Willis*

Trinculo - Jenny Lamourt

Gonzalo - Doug Kaye*

Antonio - Paul Hester*

Sebastian - Trey York

Alonso - Clarke Weigle

Master, Francisco, Reaper - Kevin Roost

Spirit, Ensemble - Hayley Platt

Juno, Spirit, Ensemble - Anna Fontaine

Iris, Spirit, Ensemble - Sarah Beth Moseley

Boatswain, Adrian, Reaper, Ensemble - Jacobi Hollingshed

Ceres, Spirit, Ensemble - Kirsten Chervenak

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

Synopsis

Twelve years before the play begins, Antonio, helped by the King of Naples, Alonso, usurped his brother Prospero's dukedom of Milan and put Prospero and his child Miranda to sea in a rotten boat. They reached a far-off island where Prospero resorted to the books on magic that a loyal lord, Gonzalo, had sent with him. He freed Ariel, an "airy spirit" whom the dead witch, Sycorax, had imprisoned in a cloven pine, and he attempted to educate the witch's son, the deformed Caliban. When Caliban sought to rape Miranda, Prospero made him into a slave.

Prospero tells the story to his daughter just after the raising of a magical storm that has cast upon the island Alonso and Antonio with Alonso's son Ferdinand, his brother Sebastian, and attendant lords. Ariel leads Ferdinand to Prospero's cell; there the youth falls in love with Miranda, and Prospero sets him to the hardest of menial tasks. The King (Act II) believes that Ferdinand is drowned; Antonio and Sebastian plan to murder Alonso, but thanks to the invisible Ariel, the deed is prevented. Stephano and Trinculo, Alonso's butler and jester, are involved drunkenly with Caliban.

Aided by Ariel (Act III) Prospero uses his magic art to baffle the royal party. Agreeing to the betrothal of Miranda and Ferdinand, he summons a masque for them (Act IV). Later (Act V) he decides to abandon his revenge, to forgive his enemies, and break his magic staff. Then he reveals himself, demands back his dukedom, shows Ferdinand at chess with Miranda, sets Ariel free, and speaks a wistful epilogue before sailing home.

Shakespeare has obeyed the "unities" here: the action of The Tempest is on a single day and in the same place.

-The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare's Plays by J C Trewin

Performance days & times:
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM, and Sundays at 6:30 PM.
10 AM most Tuesday and Wednesdays.

Purchase Tickets Online for most performances at www.shakespearetavern.com

For information on:

The Shakespeare Club Program and Flex Pass: call or email The Tavern Box Office at 404.874.5299 or boxoffice@shakespearetavern.com or visit our website at www.shakespearetavern.com

The Shakespeare Tavern is a registered 501 ( C ) 3 non-profit organization and is a member of The Actor's Equity Association, the professional union of actors and stage managers.

The Atlanta Shakespeare Company (ASC) at The New American Shakespeare Tavern is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art. Major support is provided by the Fulton County Commission under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council. Major support also is provided by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs and the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund. But, PRIMARILY, ASC is funded through the generous support provided by people just like you through the Shakespeare Club, the Royals and the Exceptions.


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