by William Shakespeare
Directed by Jon Tracy
Jon Tracy is one of the most creative young directors in the Bay Area, as he has proved over and over with his reimagined classic stagings and original theatre pieces. Over the past four years, we have had the great benefit of Jon’s direction for many of our teen Shakespeare productions (and Jon has gotten to try out some of his wacky ideas). When we asked Jon to direct on the mainstage for the first time, we were curiously eager to see what he would come up.
Jon’s take on The Tempest was dark, stark, and brutally contemporary. Jon eschewed traditional magic and instead created a steam-punk world in which Prospero and Caliban were dueling scientists and Ariel was electricity itself. Inspired by Nicolas Tesla, Prospero’s Ariel Coil worked its “magic” through six plug-in entities played by six amazing young actors. With rearranged lines and a streamlined text, Jon created a world powered by machinery in which human emotions sometimes were trampled, but where love and forgiveness were possible. Jon’s dark vision included some rays of sunshine.
It was in no way a traditional Tempest, and it wasn’t anything that we would have done on our own. But that’s why we hired Jon.
Jon introduced us to some amazing collaborators: scenic designer Nina Ball, sound designer Brendan Aanes and magician Christian Cagigal.
It was an ambitious and visually striking production. (Apologies to those who showed up for our first preview only to see a Technical Rehearsal instead – we had more kinks than usual to work out.) The perfectly rendered Abra Berman costumes, Nina’s clever set design details, and the precision physical theatre of the entire cast made for a memorable and completely unique production. Oh, brave new world!
-- Lesley Schisgall Currier
Prospero - ROBERT PARSONS*
Alonso - ROBERT CURRIER
Sebastian - SCOTT COOPWOOD*
Antonio - JAMES HISER*
Gonzalo – CHRISTOPHER HAMMOND
Trincula - LYNNE SOFFER*
Stephano - CASSIDY BROWN*
Caliban - MICHAEL TORRES*
Miranda - SARAH GOLD
Qualities - SILVIA GIRARDI, MARO GUEVARA, KIMBERLY MILLER,
NESBYTH RIEMAN, ERIKA SALAZAR, JEREMY VIK
Director – Robert Currier
Producer - Lesley Schisgall Currier
Costume Design – Abra Berman
Lighting Design - Ellen Brooks
Magic Consultant – Christian Cagigal
Properties – Joel and Toni Eis
Set Design – Nina Ball
Sound Designer – Brendan Aanes
Stage Manager – Sabrina Kniffin*
Assistant Stage Manager Jessica Lauren
Assistant to the Director – Janne Barklis
Member of Actor's Equity Association