The Tempest 07/12–08/18Buy Tickets
JACKSON—Michigan Shakespeare Festival 2018 will feature two plays by Shakespeare, The Tempest and Measure for Measure, as well as a rarely performed Restoration comedy by a little-known woman playwright, Aphra Behn. The company will again divide their season between the Baughman Theatre in Jackson (July 12–29), and The Village Theatre in Canton (August 3–19). Tickets are available online at www.michiganshakespearefestival.com.
Shakespeare’s final masterpiece, The Tempest is a stirring fairy tale of depraved royalty, foolish clowns, languishing lovers, and the quest to make things right in the face of terrible wrongs. Forced to flee the realm by a usurping brother, the magician Prospero has lived in exile for twelve long years, stranded on a barren island with daughter Miranda. Their only company is Ariel, an airy spirit, and Caliban, twisted son of a foul witch. But now a mighty tempest has dashed a royal ship on the magician’s shores, putting all of Prospero’s enemies – greedy brothers, conniving rulers, and their loyal courtiers – within reach at last. Will the dark impulses of malice and vengeance rule the day, or will the examples of Miranda and Ariel help shine the light of love and forgiveness into the wounded hollow of Prospero’s heart? The production will feature MSF artistic associates Janet Haley as Prospero, Alan Ball as Caliban, and Brandon St. Clair Saunders as Ariel, and will be directed by MSF artistic associate Robert Kauzlaric.