Fearless Shakespeare

Will perform The Tempest

Fri. - Sun. July 12 - 14, 2019

 

SYNOPSIS - The Tempest begins with Alonso, King of Naples, onboard a great ship caught in a violent storm. Nearby, Prospero, the deposed Duke of Milan, and his teenage daughter, Miranda, live on a remote island where they’ve been stranded for many years. The man responsible for their misfortune is Prospero’s brother, Antonio — also onboard the storm-tossed ship. Twelve years earlier, Antonio conspired with Alonso to banish Prospero from Milan and usurp his Dukedom. Unbeknownst to the men on the ship, the titular tempest is the work of Prospero, who aims to shipwreck them on his island and take his revenge. Eventually Prospero is restored to his dukedom, he brings about the revelation of Antonio's betrayal, and secures the marriage of Miranda to King Alonso's son, Prince Ferdinand.

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CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

 

PROSPERO

Former Duke of Milan, he functions as a god on the island, manipulating everyone within his reach. Although he refuses to free Ariel, and enslaves Caliban, Prospero is really a beneficent ruler, never intending to injure even his enemies.

 

MIRANDA

Prospero's daughter. Although her background is noble, she has lived on this island since she was three. Sheltered, naïve, but intelligent and curious. Right on the line between child and woman and perhaps confused by it all until she sees Ferdinand. She is compassionate, generous, and loyal to her father.

 

ARIEL

A spirit of the island. Prospero's chief helper and slave. Mischievous, deft. Acts as Prospero's eyes and ears, reporting back and carrying out orders in the hopes of gaining promised freedom for labor. Actor should sing and move very well.

 

CALIBAN

Son of an evil witch, abandoned on the island. Angry, as he is compelled to serve Prospero, who mistreats him. Caliban believes that the island rightfully belongs to him and has been stolen by Prospero. His speech and behavior is sometimes coarse and brutal, and sometimes eloquent and sensitive.

 

FERDINAND

Alonso's son and heir to the throne of Naples. An aristocrat separated from the rest of his party. His youth and infatuation with Prospero's daughter, Miranda, make it possible for him to adapt quickly and find comfort on the island. Enthusiastic, eager.

 

ALONSO

King of Naples and father of Ferdinand. Shipwrecked on the island, he is consumed

with grieving for his son who he believes is lost at sea. Aristocratic.

 

ANTONIO

Prospero's brother. Ambitious. Seeks every opportunity to grow his influence and control, and has no problem harming others along the way. An aristocrat.

 

SEBASTIAN

Alonso's brother. An opportunist who is often negative or critical, but covers it with a sharp wit. With his nephew seemingly lost at sea, he realizes that he is next in line for the throne. A born conspirator. Aristocratic.

 

GONZALO

An old, honest lord. Gonzalo helped Prospero and Miranda to escape after Antonio usurped Prospero’s title.

 

TRINCULO & STEPHANO

Trinculo, a jester, and Stephano, a drunken butler, provide a comic foil to the other, more powerful pairs of Prospero and Alonso and Antonio and Sebastian. Their drunken boasting and petty greed reflect and deflate the quarrels and power struggles of Prospero and the other noblemen.

 

MASTER & BOATSWAIN

Sea-farers shipwrecked with the King.

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