Friday, May 1, 2009
A Unique Performance of Shakespeare's The Tempest
A cast of student actors from South Africa and Indiana University's Department of Theatre and Drama will perform William Shakespeare's final play, The Tempest, at the Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center from May 6 through May 9.
The production will be directed by South Africa-native Murray McGibbon, an award-winning IU faculty member in the Department of Theatre and Drama.
This play is considered Shakespeare's most romantic and lyrical play, telling a timeless story of power struggle, isolation and first love, said John Kinzer, director of audience development at Theatre and Drama. "This production will resonate with today's audience with its examination of what it means to be human."
The Tempest tells the story of a magician, Prospero, who has been banished to a desert isle with his daughter, Miranda. As Prospero awaits the moment he can return to power, the very people who dethroned him become shipwrecked with him and Miranda. Prospero uses his magic to restore order while Miranda finds true love with one of the castaways.
"The play's themes of redemption, forgiveness and reconciliation can speak to a contemporary audience," said McGibbon. "The political parallels are especially resonant, as one ruling system replaces another and hope emerges."
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