We are thrilled to bring you a highly creative production of The Tempest, unlike any you’ve experienced at Franconia! Twin Cities theatre greats Harry Waters Jr. and Barbra Berlovitz have teamed up to co-direct a diverse cast in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest outdoors at Franconia Sculpture Park. This wildly inventive production offers a new interpretation of this epic tale of love, magic, and forgiveness, made larger-than-life by the imaginative setting at Franconia Sculpture Park. By incorporating many of Franconia’s monumental-scale sculptures into the sets, this production offers an intriguing, roving adventure that will capture your imagination.
William Shakespeare’s The Tempest is believed to have been written in 1610–11, and is thought by many critics to be the last play that Shakespeare wrote alone. It is set on a remote island, where Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place using illusion and skillful manipulation. He conjures up a storm to lure his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples to the island. There, his machinations bring about the revelation of Antonio’s lowly nature, the redemption of the King, and the marriage of Miranda to Alonso’s son, Ferdinand.
The Tempest on Franconia Island promises to be one of the most energetic and imaginative Shakespeare productions you’ve ever seen! Performances will be held at Franconia on September 4, 5, and 6; show time is 6:30 pm to sunset. Attendees will be escorted to each set by Franconia staff, and beverages will be available for purchase before everyone sets out across the park for the performance. Please bring blankets or easy-to-move lawn chairs, your walking shoes, and plan for Minnesota weather. You will walk approximately 1/2 mile during the performance.
The diverse cast for this production includes: Ki Seung Rhee as Antonio, Tamara Clark as Sebastian, Joetta Wright as Miranda, Bree Schmidt as Ferdinand, Ed Euclide as Trinculo, Andi Cheney as Gonzalo, Alex Stene as Alonso, Paul Stucker as Stephano, ShaVunda Horsely as Ariel, Barbra Berlovitz as Caliban, and Harry Waters Jr. as Prospero; with Sara Truesdale, Mason Mahoney and Alec Lambert as “the Quality”. Stage Manager is Odion-Victoria Igbavboa and Associate Producer John Stark.
We hope you will join us and spread the word about this exciting, one-of-a-kind theatrical performance! Share the event on social media and tell your friends!
Guarantee your spot! Purchase advance tickets at http://tempestfranconia.brownpapertickets.com, or click the button below. Limited tickets will be available for purchase (cash or check) at the door. Ticket prices are $10 Adults, $5 Age 10 and under. For the latest information, please visit the event page on Facebook.
• Performance dates are September 4th, 5th, and 6th
• Arrive by 6PM
• Showtime is 6:30PM to Sundown
• Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 10 and under. Purchase tickets at: http://tempestfranconia.brownpapertickets.com/ or by clicking the button below.
This production was made possible through support provided by many contributors and collaborators including Bedlam Theatre, Pillsbury House +Theatre, Macalester College, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, Festival Theatre, the Minnesota State Arts Board and many generous donors. Thank you!
Franconia Sculpture Park, in partnership with Harry Waters, Jr., is a fiscal year 2014 recipient of a Cultural Community Partnership grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.