Tempest, Featuring Magic by Teller and Music by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, Opens at A.R.T. May 14

By Andrew Gans
14 May 2014

Tom Nelis
Tom Nelis
Photo by The Smith Center/Geri Kodey

Following a limited engagement at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University's last production of its 2013-14 season, The Tempest, officially opens May 14 at 7:30 PM following previews that began May 11 at the Loeb Drama Center.

Adapted and directed by Aaron Posner and Teller from the play by William Shakespeare — with magic by Teller, music by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan and movement by Matt Kent of Pilobolus — The Tempest is produced in association with The Smith Center.

The cast is led by Tom Nelis as Prospero with Louis Butelli as Antonio, Nate Dendy as Ariel, Dawn Didawick as Gonzala, Christopher Donohue as Alonso, Joby Earle as Ferdinand, Zach Eisenstat and Manelich Minniefee as Caliban, Charlotte Graham as Miranda, Eric Hissom as Stephano, Jonathan Kim as Trinculo and Edmund Lewis as Sebastian. They are joined by musicians Shaina Taub, Miche Braden, Michael Brun and Nate Tucker.

"Experience Prospero’s wizardry as never before in this thrilling new production featuring magic by the illusionist Teller (of the legendary duo Penn and Teller)," press notes state. "When shipwrecked aristocrats wash up on the shores of Prospero’s strange island, they find themselves immersed in a world of trickery and amazement, where Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan's dusty music and Pilobolus’ athletic movement animate the spirits and monsters. But the revels come to an end when the master magician realizes he has neglected his life in service of his art, and must now relinquish his conjuring in order to reclaim his life and provide for the future of his only child."



The creative team also includes scenic designer Daniel Conway, costume designer Paloma Young, lighting designer Christopher Akerlind, sound designer Darron L. West, music director Shaina Taub, magic consultant Johnny Thompson, magical prop designer Thom Rubino and instrument designer Kenny Wollesen.

ASL interpreted performances are scheduled for June 3 at 7:30 PM and June 8 at 2:00 PM. Audio-described performances for blind and low-vision patrons are scheduled for June 4 at 7:30 PM and June 7 at 2 PM.

For more information call (617) 547-8300 or visit americanrepertorytheater.org.