Batten Down the Hatches. A TEMPEST REDUX is Coming

Tempest Redux rehearsal. Director John Farmanesh-Bocca looks on as Jack Stehlin flies

Tempest Redux rehearsal. Director John Farmanesh-Bocca looks on as Jack Stehlin flies. Photo credit: Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin

In honor of El Niño, The New American Theatre and Odyssey Theatre Ensmble will present Tempest Redux, a perfect storm of comedy, romance, mystery and magic, beginning February 20. This reconstruction of Shakespeare’s The Tempest stars Jack Stehlin as Prospero and is adapted, directed and choreographed by Not Man Apart–Physical Theatre Company’s John Farmanesh-Bocca. It will explore Shakespeare’s father-daughter story of love and forgiveness with a potent blend of physical theater and verbal gymnastics.

‘Redux’ signifies that we’re re-examining the text from the ground up and visceralizing it with a ton of athletic movement,” says Farmanesh-Bocca. “It’s a meditation on Shakespeare’s work, contemporized for a modern audience, but without losing any of the language or traditions of the original. As radical as the adaptation is, I’m actually a purist.”

A cast of seven actors and three dancers will play multiple roles, while also sharing some of the same parts. They are: Mimi Davila as Miranda and Hunter Paul as Ferdinand; Willem Long and Dash Pepin as a two-headed Caliban (Long also takes on the role of Sebastian and Pepin also plays Francisco); Dennis Gersten doubling as Antonio and Trinculo; and Gildart Jackson as Alonso, Gonzolo and Stephano. The role of Ariel is shared by three dancers: Mecca Vazie Andrews, Lilian Manansala and Emily Yetter.

“The actors have been doubled in such a way as to illuminate the duality of each character, the yin and yang of the full person,” explains Stehlin. “The concept is that this is Prospero’s dream, and we turn The Tempest upside down in a way that makes it really come alive.”

New American Theatre and Not Man Apart—Physical Theatre Company previously collaborated on Titus Redux, which played to critical acclaim at the Kirk Douglas Theater and LA Radar Fest.

Other Redux plays created, directed and choreographed by Farmanesh-Bocca include Romeo & Juliet Redux at the Miles Memorial Playhouse (Shakespeare Santa Monica); Hamlet Redux at the MET Theatre (Shakespeare Santa Monica Annex); Richard III Redux at Veteran’s Center for the Performing Arts (Not Man Apart–Physical Theatre Ensemble and the VCPA) and Pericles Redux at the Kirk Douglas Theater and Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Not Man Apart—Physical Theatre Ensemble).

Celebrating its 20th season in Los Angeles, The New American Theatre’s mission is to inspire, educate and nurture a thoughtful and humane world view through the art of storytelling.

Set design: Christopher Scott Murillo
Lighting design: Bosco Flanagan
Costume design: Denise Blasor
Producers: Ron Sossi (Odyssey Theatre) and Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin (New American Theatre)

TEMPEST REDUX
February 20 – April 10, 2016
Odyssey Theatre
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90025
Tickets: (310) 477-2055 ext. 2 or www.OdysseyTheatre.com

Ticket Prices:$25–$34 (reserved seating). Discounted tickets available for students and members of AEA/SAG-AFTRA for select performances. Tix for $10 performances: Friday, Feb. 26, Wednesday, March 9 and Thursday, March 24. The third Friday of every month is wine night at the Odyssey: enjoy complimentary wine and snacks and mingle with the cast after the show.

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