Trickery and magic, romance and revenge set the stage for one of Shakespeare’s late masterpieces, The Tempest, in which sprites, goddesses and fools hold court. Prospero, the deposed Duke of Milan and now a powerful magician, raises a great storm to wreck the vessel bearing his betrayers onto the shores of the mysterious island he has made his home. There, attended upon by his daughter, a magical sprite and a villainous prisoner, Prospero leads them through a mysterious dream on the course from vengeance to reconciliation.
Former STC Associate Director Ethan McSweeny returns to direct what is thought to be Shakespeare’s final play and masterpiece. Following McSweeny’s imaginative production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream two seasons ago, The Tempest’s magical world seems a fitting playground for his deft hand and talent for visual panache.
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