Complete Casting Announced for A.R.T. Tempest, Featuring Magic by Teller and Music by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan

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13 Mar 2014

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University has announced casting for the last production of its 2013-14 season, The Tempest.

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 for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas.

The production will have a limited run in Vegas April 1-27 and will then move to the A.R.T. beginning May 10 at the Loeb Drama Center.

The cast will be 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 Minifee 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.