Jana Wimer to Adapt and Direct Sci-Fi Version of The Tempest for ZJU Theatre

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Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group presents a one-hour, dark sci-fi version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest adapted and directed by Urban Death co-creator Jana Wimer, beginning November 11. Exiled to a primitive planet, the cruel and arrogant Prospero, using technology to enslave and control the natives, is given the opportunity to exact his revenge on those who wronged him. The production stars Bert Emmett as Prospero and Jonica Patella as Caliban, and is produced by Zombie Joe. Recommended for Ages 13 and up.

Performances run November 11 – December 18, Fridays at 8:30pm and Sundays at 7:00pm. No performances Thanksgiving weekend, November 25-27.

THE TEMPEST
November 11 – December 18, 2016
ZJU Theatre Group
4850 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Tickets ($15) at 818-202-4120 or ZombieJoes.Tix.com
More info: ZombieJoes.com

First Look: Independent Shakespeare Co.’s THE TEMPEST

The Tempest, now through September 4th, part of Independent Shakespeare Co.’s Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival. Performances run Wed-Sun at 7pm. For more information, visit www.iscla.org or call 818-710-6306.

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Thom Rivera as Prospero (left), Kalean Ung as Ariel (center) and Patrick Batiste & Nathan Nonhof as Spirits. Photos by Grettel Cortes

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Evan Lewis Smith as Ferdinand and Erika Soto as Miranda

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Lorenzo González as Trinculo, Sean Pritchett as Caliban and David Melville as Stephano

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Thom Rivera as Prospero and Erika Soto as Miranda

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Lorenzo González as Trinculo and David Melville as Stephano

The Tempest Closes ISC’s Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival

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Independent Shakespeare Co. follows its dynamic rock ‘n roll production of Richard III in Griffith Park with Shakespeare’s The Tempest, beginning July 30. Thom Rivera will star as Prospero and the show is directed by Matthew Earnest, former assistant director to Adrian Hall and to Lee Breuer at Mabou Mines

Magic, first love, and the forces of revenge intersect on a mysterious island in The Tempest. Prospero has spent 12 years on an island in exile with his daughter, Miranda, all the while plotting to punish his duplicitous brother using sorcery. But when the opportunity presents itself, he learns that magic doesn’t make the man, the world is stranger than it appears, and that perhaps the past is only history.

This is the first time internationally recognized Matthew Earnest will join ISC as a director. Earnest is celebrated for his stylish, innovative approach to re-imagining classic works. He says, “Prospero is the creator of what is essentially a large-scale immersive theater event. Our anachronistic approach to the design renders Time meaningless in the story of a family split apart and trying to reconcile, except, of course, for the painful fact that years lost from ‘our little life’ can never be regained. Our production’s sculpted, choreographic style centers the landscape of the play on the human body, its miracles and its limitations, and it places the evening’s conversation squarely where it belongs, on the ‘bare, forked thing itself’ – mankind, in his unavoidable, immediate present.”

ISC Managing Director David Melville adds, “The Tempest is Shakespeare’s final play; he was very conscious of his own approaching mortality and his retirement from the stage. The Globe was his little island where he led the narrative and created all these fantastic characters, so when Prospero breaks his staff, it’s akin to Shakespeare putting away his quill. The play is a great choice for the festival because, alongside A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare explores the realm of magic and spirits. It’s a family-friendly play with many fantastical elements, great clowns and a wonderful romantic story. Shakespeare explores the idea of family (he often used the relationship of a father and daughter) and he reaches an apotheosis where the father and daughter are stranded on a desert island. Ultimately it’s a play about forgiveness, one of the most powerful things to experience in life and on stage. It’s a moving story that’s very uplifting.”

In addition to Thom Rivera in the role of Prospero, the cast includes Joseph Culliton (Alonso), William Elsman (Sebastian), Lorenzo González (Trinculo), Faqir Hassan (Antonio), Rudy Márquez (Boatswain), David Melville (Stephano), Sean Pritchett (Caliban), Lester Purry (Gonazlo), Evan Lewis Smith (Ferdinand), Erika Soto (Miranda), and Kalean Ung (Ariel), with Patrick Batiste, April Fritz, Jack Lancaster, Tatiana Louder, Nathan Nonhoff, and Stephany Pesta as Sailors, Passengers & Spirits.

Season production design is by Caitlin Lainoff. Season lighting design is by Bosco Flanagan. Costume design is by William Bezek. Composer and sound design is by Chris Porter.

A pre-show Salon Series discussion led by the director will take place on Sunday, July 31 at 6pm.

THE TEMPEST
July 30 – September 4, 2016
Independent Shakespeare Co.
Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival
Old Zoo, Griffith Park (near 4730 Crystal Spring Dr.)
Performance schedule: Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun at 7pm
More info: www.iscla.org or call 818-710-6306

Independent Shakespeare Co. Brings Richard III and The Tempest to Griffith Park

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David Melville as Richard III. Photo credit: Mike Ditz

For the past 13 years, Independent Shakespeare Co. has brought free Shakespeare to L.A. audiences. This summer, they’re back in Griffith Park with two of Shakespeare’s most popular works: Richard III, directed by Melissa Chalsma, and The Tempest, directed by Matthew Earnest.

Managing Director David Melville says, “This is our most ambitious summer: Not only are we bringing both Richard III and The Tempest to Griffith Park for the first time, but both productions feature live music played by the company members themselves, extraordinary design, and one of the strongest casts we’ve assembled, featuring many ISC favorites as well as new faces.”

“We’re also extremely excited to welcome internationally recognized director Matthew Earnest (Co-Founder of The Lunar Stratagem, Associate Artist at Germany’s English Theater Berlin, Founding Artistic Director of deep ellum ensemble, former assistant director to Adrian Hall), as director of The Tempest. It’s the first time his work has been seen in Los Angeles, and we’re thrilled to bring his unique sensibility to our wonderful Griffith Park audience.”  More

LADC’s Shakespeare Youth Festival L.A. Kicks Off with VIP Party April 15

LADC stars and celebrities at their "A Mid-City Night's Dream" gala at Studio 11, November 9, 2014 Los Angeles, CA Photo credit: Paul Smith / Featureflash

LADC stars and celebrities at A Mid-City Night’s Dream gala at Studio 11, Nov 9, 2014 Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Drama Club launches its 10th Anniversary Season on April 15 with a VIP Party at Lyric Theatre & Voila on La Brea. As part of the event, children ages 7-17 from both South L.A and Hollywood will perform opposite Alex Kingston (Dr. Who) and Diedrich Bader (Veep) in comedic excerpts from Shakespeare’s plays. Following the performance, you’ll enjoy music, food, wine and visits from LADC’s young Players for some table-side Shakespeare.

You’ll also be invited to participate in the company’s 10 Seconds of Shakespeare campaign, where you’re given a line of Shakespeare’s text to speak into your phone and post online on their Wall of Fame.

This season of the Los Angeles Drama Club’s bi-annual Shakespeare Youth Festival L.A. runs April 16 – May 5 and coincides with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The four plays presented during the festival feature families disrupted by internal and external storms and re-united by time and forgiveness. The first to open is The Comedy of Errors on April 16 & 17 at Club Fais Do Do.  More

Review: This TEMPEST REDUX will Blow Your Mind

Tempest Redux

Jack Stehlin (Prospero) with Willem Long and Dash Pepin (Caliban) Photo credit: Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin

Shakespeare knew the power of conjuring a storm that would turn the world upside down when he wrote The Tempest. He filled it with magic, fantastical elements, and resilient characters in an exotic location to create an unforgettable story of love, loss, redemption, and regret. Now, director John Farmanesh-Bocca reinvents Shakespeare’s masterpiece in the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and The New American Theatre’s highly original production starring Jack Stehlin.

Betrayed by his brother and cast away to live out his days alone on an island with his young daughter, Stehlin’s Prospero orchestrates a monumental series of events that will bring his usurper to him in order to set things right. But this is not your typical revenge play and you would do well to reserve judgement about what you think you see until the play has ended.

For in Farmanesh-Bocca’s vision, everything rests on a single new idea. This ultimate “what if” transcends all expectations and is a haunting reminder that if you give over to the story being told, the journey will not disappoint. In fact, I found this production to be so profoundly moving, so exciting and original, that I cannot urge you enough to go see it. If you only make time for one Shakespeare production this year, let it be this one.  More

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.

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Cornerstone Theater Company’s Historic Tour Returns Home

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Cornerstone Theater Company returns home to Los Angeles with a Sunset Celebration of California: The Tempest, an evening of theater under the stars June 18 – 20 in Downtown Los Angeles’ beautiful Grand Park. This celebratory event will be the culmination of the company’s California Bridge Tour, a yearlong statewide touring production of California: The Tempest and their final performances with a breathtaking view of downtown Los Angeles.

In California: The Tempest, “What’s past is prologue,” as playwright Alison Carey’s adaptation of The Tempest meets California’s challenges head-on in this traveling experience that conjures love, disaster, revenge, forgiveness & music (all that you would expect from Shakespeare!); mixed with earthquakes, drought, overdevelopment, food equity, state politics, fracking and immigration policy (all that you would expect from California!) as Prosper, her daughter Minerva, her servant Caliban and Californians from across the state yearn to find the commonality in our diversity and imagine a healthy and inclusive future for California. Don’t miss this very special event.

CALIFORNIA: THE TEMPEST
Written by Alison Carey
Directed by Michael John Garces
Final Performances: June 18 – 20, 2015
Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles
Performances are Free
For more information call 1-800-578-1335
Cornerstonetheatre.org

Cornerstone’s Theatrical Road Trip Announces Final Destinations of California: The Tempest

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After stops in six diverse California cities, Cornerstone Theater Company begins the last leg of its year-long tour of California; The Tempest, a world premiere adaption of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, written by Cornerstone Co-Founder Alison Carey and directed by its Artistic Director Michael John Garcés. The final stretch of the journey heads to Eureka (at the Blue Ox) from May 21- 23; San Francisco (at the Z Space) June 4 – 6; and then makes its triumphant return home (to where it all began!), with performances June 18 – 20, at Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles.

Cornerstone also invites you to its Sunset Celebration of California: The Tempest, an evening of dinner and theater under the stars, on Saturday, June 20, 2015 in Downtown Los Angeles’ beautiful Grand Park. This celebratory event will be the culmination of their California Bridge Tour, a yearlong statewide touring production of California: The Tempest. Mark the date on your calendar to enjoy appetizers, cocktails, a silent auction, gourmet picnic dinner and their final performance with a breathtaking view of downtown Los Angeles.   More

Cornerstone Theatre Company Continues Tour of CALIFORNIA: THE TEMPEST

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Cornerstone Theater Company continues its world premiere adaption of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, titled California: The Tempest, written by Cornerstone co-founder Alison Carey and directed by its artistic director Michael John Garcés. The year-long tour performs in ten diverse California cities on a journey that began in 2014. Join Cornerstone as they move from the downtown Los Angeles Arts District to Arvin, Lost Hills, Grayson & Westley, Pacoima, East Salinas, Fowler, Holtville, Eureka, San Francisco and then back to Downtown L.A. (where it all began) as each of these ten communities contributes to writing the play they inspire.

In California: The Tempest, “What’s past is prologue,” as playwright Alison Carey’s adaptation of The Tempest meets California’s challenges head-on in a traveling experience that conjures love, disaster, revenge, forgiveness & music (all that you would expect from Shakespeare); mixed with earthquakes, drought, overdevelopment, food equity, state politics, fracking and immigration policy (all that you would expect from California) as Prosper, her daughter Minerva, her servant Caliban and Californians from across the state yearn to find the commonality in our diversity and imagine a healthy and inclusive future for California.  More

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