A Fresh Take on “The Tempest” with Olympia Dukakis Begins July 19 [Berkshire on Stage]

Tony Simotes (2nd from left) is at work directing the staging of The Tempest with Olympia Dukakis (2nd from right) and the company. (photo: Kevin Sprague)

Tony Simotes (2nd from left) is at work directing the staging of The Tempest with Olympia Dukakis (2nd from right) and the company. (photo: Kevin Sprague)

It is the theatrical event that Shakespeare aficionadi have been waiting for, as well as us mere mortals who are in awe of the Academy Award winning Olympia Dukakis whose mere presence on stage can be an event worth writing about.

“O wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world that has such people in’t” The Tempest V.i

As their news release points out, the magic of Shakespeare’s The Tempest lands at Shakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer Playhouse later this month, with a unique, beautiful, and re-imagined production. Artistic Director Tony Simotes is pleased to present this profound romance for the first time on the Company’s main stage in almost a decade. Simotes and Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis team up for this fresh and provocative take, which aligns the magic of the island with the often tumultuous relationships between families—with a twist—Ms. Dukakis plays the banished Duke as a woman, Prospera.

Considered by many scholars to be William Shakespeare’s farewell to the stage, The Tempest is a profound reflection on the power of forgiveness. Steeped in theatrical allusions and rich language, it was the last play penned alone by Shakespeare, and the most popular of his late romances. Filled with moving, funny and enchanting moments, the underpinnings of the fantastical world, much like our own, are filled with mystery, darkness, and the unknown.

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