Forget all those versions of The Tempest
youve seen that portray protagonist Prospero as a grizzled, bearded old man. In the Great Lakes Theater Festivals production of Shakespearess swan song (which opens tonight at Playhouse Square), director Andrew May goes straight to the source for a slightly younger take on one of the Bards most famous creations. In the play, hes actually in his 40s, with a 15-year-old daughter, says May. This isnt about an old wizard Gandalf sort of character. Its a story about a middle-aged guy.
@cal body 1:Its also a tale of a desert island, a shipwreck, and one wrathful dude. And if you think The Tempest holds zero interest for modern audiences, think again, says May. Its just like Lost, he says. People from different walks of life are thrown together. Theres a beast, romance, and a mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
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