UMW’s Production of “The Tempest” Runs Through April 21

The University of Mary Washington’s Department of Theatre & Dance is continuing its 2012-2013 season with a production of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” Performances will be held April 11-13 and April18-20 at 8 p.m., and April 14 and 21 at 2 p.m. in duPont Hall’s Klein Theatre. Tickets are $18 for general admission and $16 for students and senior citizens.

UMW’s production of “The Tempest” runs through April 21. Photo courtesy of Geoff Greene.

“The Tempest” tells the story of Prospero and his daughter, Miranda, who have been exiled to a majestic island by Prospero’s brother, Antonio. Prospero, seeking revenge, uses the help of a mischievous spirit, Ariel, to summon a storm to shipwreck his brother on the island. The passengers on the ship are separated and believe each other to be deceased. Magic and love interfere as the ship’s crew wanders the island seeking justice.

Produced in 1611 by English poet and playwright Shakespeare, “The Tempest” is believed to be inspired by Michel de Montaigne’s work, “Of Cannibals.” In its more than 400 year history, “The Tempest” has been performed internationally countless times and has been adapted into several feature films.

William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” has been been produced countless times since its original production in 1611. Photo courtesy of Geoff Greene.

The UMW production is directed by Marc Williams ’98, a professor at Guilford College. Costume design is by Kevin McCluskey, associate professor of theatre, and scenic design is by David Hunt, professor of theatre. The lighting design is by Julie Hodge, associate professor of theatre, sound design is by guest artist Tony Angelini and the choreography is by Samantha Reynolds ’09.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Klein Theatre Box Office at (540) 654-1111.

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News release prepared by: Jamie Wilson                 

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Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.