Portland State University School of Fine and Performing Arts and the Department of Theater present William Shakespeare's The Tempest, November 20 - November 28. The production is directed by William Tate and Carolyn Holzman. All performances will take place at Artists Repertory Theatre, Morrison Stage.
Part dream, part nightmare, The Tempest creates a world in which nothing can be taken for granted, where nothing is as it seems. The play begins with a terrifying storm, moves through acts of treachery and romance, and ends in forgiveness and reconciliation. Or does it?
Ethereal and earthbound at once, Prospero's enchanted isle is a laboratory in which the full capacity of human beings for good and ill is put under the theatrical microscope. An exiled duke, his daughter, his servants, a spirit and a savage slave, encounter a diverse set of castaways-among them a king, his son, Prospero's treacherous brother, and two lowlifes, a drunKen Butler and a disreputable court jester. The island is suspended between spirit and beast, between Ariel and Caliban, between magic and the aspiration for freedom, on the one hand, and conspiracy and a desire for vengeance, on the other.
The Tempest reveals a poet and theatrical giant at the height of his powers. The show runs from Friday, November 20 - Saturday, November 28, 2008, Tuesday - Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. There will be no performances on November 26. General admission tickets: $10; Seniors/Students/PSU Students: $8.
The 2009-2010 season features:
David Auburn's PROOF
A thesis project in Directing
Directed by Becci Swearingen
January 8-16, 2010
at New Studio Theater, 1600 SW 4th Ave.
Directed by Sarah Andrews-Collier
at Artists Repertory Theatre, Morrison Stage
Beth Henley's CRIMES OF THE HEART
Directed by Glenn Gauer
at the Winningstad Theatre, PCPA
For more information, call (503) 725-4612 or visit www.theaterarts.pdx.edu.