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The Tempest

The Tempest

Directed by Dick Gant
Produced by Gretchen Pili, Deborah Zimmer and Steven Rich

After writing several tragic masterpieces such as Hamlet and King Lear, based on stories available to him, Shakespeare chose for his last play an original story. On the surface,  The Tempest is a delightful romantic comedy. The characters of Caliban, Stephano and Trinculo provide comic scenes ranking with Shakespeare’s best. The character of Prospero, a self-made sorcerer of considerable power, provides a solid core to the events. His tempest brings to him characters who cheated him in the past. However, this is not a revenge tragedy with comic overtones, but a celebration of the marriage of his daughter and the son of the king who helped his brother steal his dukedom. The major theme here is forgiveness. Prospero forgives all involved, including himself, and returns to reason his role as Duke of Milan and to celebrate the marriage of his daughter. Caliban, Stephano and Trinculo remain to rule the island as best they can.

We present here a celebration of joy, and I leave it to you to find the deeper meanings in the nooks and crannies of a truly brilliant script.