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Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Programs to Stage Two Shakespeare Favorites


The Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Programs open their season with two of Shakespeare's legendary and most lasting works. The Tempest, under the direction of Kyle Vincent Terry ('16), opens October 8 and Romeo and Juliet, directed by Ashley Teague ('17) opens October 22, 2015. The Tempest, a magic-infused story about revenge, love, and ultimately forgiveness runs October 8-11. Next up, Romeo & Juliet, running October 22-25, features two women as the star-crossed lovers in the famous, tragic story of forbidden love. All performances take place at the Pell Chafee Performance Center, 87 Empire Street, Downtown Providence.

The Tempest is the story about the trickery that unfolds when a King and his men are shipwrecked on an enchanted island ruled by Prospero, whom they betrayed years ago. Although it's a tempest storm and a plan for revenge that puts the play in motion, at its heart The Tempest is a story of letting go of the past, figuring out what home means, and reveling in the joy of love and life.

"The story of forgiveness is very important in how we look at history and telling the story of the oppressor and the oppressed, and Prospero is both of those" says director Kyle Vincent Terry. "Forgiveness is the greatest magic, the best magic in the show," he adds.

Following the run of The Tempest, Shakespeare's renowned Romeo & Juliet is re-imagined as set in present day Russia with two women playing the titular characters.

"I am interested in what it means to live in a world that does not accept your love, where you cannot live the life you were meant to live, and where you can't speak with your true voice," says director Ashley Teague. "Romeo & Juliet is the greatest love story of all time, not just of Shakespeare's work, but of all time. It's also one of the greatest tragedies of all time."

Kyle Vincent Terry is a director, actor, and dancer born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Kyle is the former Artistic Director of Chicago Dance Crash and Executive Artistic Director of TheMASSIVE. Credits include: Brown/Trinity: Claudius/Ghost, Hamlet; Marlene, The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant.. Williamstown Theatre Festival: Guy of Gisbourne/Little Jon, Robin Hood; Raymond, Babs the Dodo. Chautauqua Theatre Institute: Chorus, Henry V; George Armstrong, Intimate Apparel; Constable Warren, Our Town. Other Theatres The Three Musketeers; Duncan, Macbeth; Free Will, Faust; JT Wells, The Kentucky Cycle; Joey Percival, Misalliance; Chorus, Stephen Berkhoff's Agamemnon. B.A. from University of Illinois-Chicago. Third-year student in the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Acting Program. One of The Chicago Tribune's Top Dancers to Watch in 2007. Dance Works: Blood from a Turnip; Faust; Stepfather Factory; Tiger Prawn, The Mountain Mover; But What About Asian Dudes? Gentlemen Please; Former Company Dancer at Instruments of Movement and Chicago Dance Crash.

Ashley Teague strives to create theater that uplifts the issues of our time and celebrates the human spirit. Her work connects with its community in a deeply personal way and endeavors to push the boundaries of what that connection can do. As a staff member at Cornerstone Theater, she developed and produced their Talk It Out series, which travels throughout California creating community-engaged theater aimed at changing public policy around issues of school pushout. Prior to that, she worked as a Producer for theatrical, creative content on films such as Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls, John Madden's The Debt, Paul Haggis' The Next Three Days, and Gus Van Sant's Promised Land. Most recent directing credits include Bean Hollywood Fringe Festival (Best of), Jesus Hopped the A Train Lyric Theatre, Willful California State Capitol, Healthy Richmond East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, Ajax Theater of War Productions, The Shadow Box Collective Studio: LA, The Book of Liz Bedlam Theater, Halfway Home Blank Theater and Parallel Lives Cabaret Theater.

Performances for The Tempest run October 8th, October 9th, October 10that 7:30 PM, with additional 2:00 PM matinee performances on Saturday, October 10th and Sunday, October 11th. Performances for Romeo & Juliet run October 22nd, October 23rd, October 24th at 7:30 PM, with additional 2:00 PM matinee performances on Saturday, October 24th and Sunday, October 25th at 2:00 PM.

The Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Programs provide a three-year professional training program for eighteen students under the auspices of an Ivy League University and Rhode Island's Tony Award-winning theater company. Brown University's Department of Theatre, Speech and Dance is internationally recognized for the quality of its faculty and instruction. Trinity Rep, with its deep tradition of resident artists, provides powerful artistic assets and creates a firm foundation for a new generation of theater artists.

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